Most Cariocas rely on the bus, metro and taxi systems. During the night buses and taxis – which are very cheap – will take you where you need to go. The clean and safe metro, R$ 3.20 per ride, is constantly expanding its coverage. Locals and confident travellers may use private vans located all around the city and in the favelas. Although driving a car is not difficult, finding a place to park can be hard and expensive.
Carnival, samba, sultriness, sizzling beaches, caipirinhas, Brazilian bikinis, Sugarloaf Mountain’s Christ the Redeemer statue, the World Cup, favelas
Being carioca, bike riding, sunbathing, sand sports, ocean sports, light beer, fresh juice, staying fit, sunset, going to the same beach spot their whole lives
Leaving Rio, having to go to São Paulo for any reason, weather not fit for the beach, polluted water, favela safaris, formality
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