Hello Rio de Janeiro!

Brazil Embassy in Kuwait

West Mishref, Block 1 Street 116 House 47

Work hours: 8 AM to 3 PM – Submitting hours 10 AM to 12 pM.

Needed documents:

  • Passport
  • Online visa application
  • Two recent pictures (White background)
  • Salary Certificate in English
  • Bank statement of three months
  • Accommodation address and Travel Ticket

Airport: Rio de Janeiro–Galeão International Airport

Language: Portuguese

Area Hello965 stayed in: Leblon Beach (Recommended!)

Other options I’d recommend: Ipanema Beach

I personally wouldn’t stay in Copacabana – all hotels are overpriced and the area is commercial, not very safe at night as well. I would avoid to stay there, and visit when I could.

MUST DO/SEE

  • Lapa Steps
  • Sugar Loaf & Corcovado Mountains
  • Christ Redeemer statue
  • Santa Cruz Fortress
  • Copacabana Beach
  • Samba Show
  • Santa Teresa
  • Flamengo Park
  • The Vermelha (Red) Beach, located in the neighborhood of Urca
  • For Hiking: the Gavea Rock (Pedra da Gávea) hiking

Favelas

The favelas are slums that are often built straight up the side of mountains in the middle of Rio.  The flimsy neighborhoods are built of all kinds of all kinds of random materials and are a testament to the industriousness of the Brazilian people.  Seeing these humble yet happy people makes you appreciate everything you do have.

There are organized tours with local tour guides that take you around the favelas if you’d want to experience and see a different side of Rio.

Sometimes its dangerous to go to the Favelas. In the last couple of years in preparation for the World Cup and Olympics, the police have made a concerted effort to clean drug dealers out of the favelas, and they are safe enough to actually visit.  There are many tour companies that can show you the area.