Visit Rio de Janeiro
Best Time To Go
The best time to go to Rio is from December through March—Brazil’s summer months. September through November (spring) is also a good bet, with temperatures in the 70s, and little rain. If you don’t mind the crowds, February is Carnival time.
Rio’s metro system is clean, safe, and the most convenient way to get around (fares start at $1). Buses are cheap but tend to be crowded. Fancy a yellow taxi? Insist that the driver turns on the meter; some will try to haggle.
February is the hottest month, with an average high of 85°F (30°C). July is the coolest month, with an average high of 60°F (16°C).
Know Before You Go
Rio has a reputation for violent crime, but it is not as bad as you think. You won’t be at risk in well-populated areas; but leave expensive watches and jewelry at home.
Type N (three-prong plug)
Brazilian Real (R$)