Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro


Means “river” in Spanish or Portuguese. A city in Brazil bears this name. Its full name is Rio de Janeiro, which means “river of January”, so named because the first explorers came to the harbour in January and mistakenly thought it was a river mouth. [behind the name]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

A Meetup About Nothing – This is a group for anyone interested in cultural and leisure / entertainment activities. It’s a group dedicated to people interested in books, movies, music and serials and would like to participate in periodic meetings to chat about our cultural interests. [meetup]

AtivoRio – AtivoRio, located in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, is a social sports network dedicated to providing fun and accessible sports activities to anyone visiting or living in our marvelous city! [meetup]

Bike + Acai – RJ – Group dedicated to integrate those interested in pedaling through the beautiful landscapes of Rio and bring new enthusiasts of outdoor culture. At the end of the pedal, we will take an acai to replenish the energies. [meetup]

Cariocas – Encounters of the Rio Startups ecosystem galley, organized by the Cariocas ( [meetup]

Clube Poliglota Rio de Janeiro – The Polyglot Club organizes meetings where people speak in various languages. The chat flows very spontaneously and relaxed, even when the participants do not know each other. [meetup]

InC – International Club Rio de Janeiro – The InC was founded in 1965 and continues to welcome new members from around the world every year. The Initial purpose of the club continues today: to promote friendship among members of all nationalities living in and around Rio de Janeiro. [meetup]

Making New Friends and Meeting New Places in Rio! – As Yelp’s Community Manager in Rio, part of my job is to get people to know each other so that they can explore all of the great things in Rio together. There’s nothing better than finally going to that brand new restaurant in the company of new, exciting friends. If you are into getting to know new places and new people in Rio, then come with me! [meetup]

Quantified Self Rio – The Quantified Self Rio is a regular gathering for people using Apps and mobile devices to track and analyze aspects of everyday life for self-awareness. Diet, finances, humor, physical activity are just some of the day-to-day activities most often accompanied by the community. [meetup]

Rio Friends – So you’re new to Rio and want to meet cool new people and expand you social circle? A group you can trust and feel welcomed. Then you’ve come to the right place. [meetup]

Rio In Business – Rio in Business is a new MeetUp group whose members are located in Rio de Janeiro. It was created by business owners for business owners to generate the networking of various types of businesses, service providers, and independent professionals. We will meet regularly each month in a business but social atmosphere. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date – Badoo is a third website for online dating in Brazil that you can try if you have found no luck at the sites above. To have any success on this site, you need to send out A LOT of messages as their filtering system for fake profiles is definitely not the strongest. [visa hunter] – BrazilCupid is a member of the prominent Cupid Media network that owns 30+ dating sites around the world. It is my favorite site in Brazil and just happens to be where I met my wife (who is a native of Brazil). [visa hunter] – I have had a decent amount of experience with ParPerfeito (“perfect partner” in Portuguese). I like the site but not as much as BrazilCupid. It is still a good second choice though. You might have seen their banners inside Metro stations if you have ever been to Rio De Janeiro. [visa hunter]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Lisa Rio Tours – Lisa Rio Tours offers English speaking tour guides in Rio de Janeiro. You can book airport transfers with us as well as personalized private tours or group tours with our qualified guides. Also bus tours can be reserved with us. Up to two people, we are recommending in doing a private tour. [lisa rio tours]

Rio Cultural Secrets – Private Tours, Walking Tours and Favela – Rio Cultural Secrets was founded in 2012 and has grown becoming one of the main agencies of private tours in Rio. We are listed on Trip Advisor, largest travel site in the world, what makes us happy to keep offering excellent private tours in Rio de Janeiro. [rio cultural secrets]

Rio Free Walking Tour – Our main goal is to offer to the tourist information about the culture and the history of Brazil (Rio de Janeiro), barely known by the visitor. We want to pass ahead everything that exists beyond the Sugar Loaf, Christ the Redeemer, samba, beaches, caipirinhas and football. [rio free walking tour]

Rio Natural Ecotourism – Rio Natural Ecotourism is an ecological adventure tourism operator with highly qualified, specialized services. It offers its customers unforgettable experiences in breath-taking natural scenery, bringing moments of great charm to your holiday and providing a lifetime of memories. [rio natural]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Check out some exhibitions at the CCBB museum – The CCBB is one of the most visited museums in the world. Besides the art exhibitions, you can enjoy the building’s elegant neoclassical architecture. On the top floor there’s a great exhibition about Brazilian currency, with lots of historical notes and coins. To avoid the crowds, it’s best to visit in the mornings or evenings during the week. It’s closed on Tuesdays. [like a local guide]

Enjoy the sunset at Arpoador Rock – Rio is blessed with beautiful beaches and breathtaking views, and sunset is the perfect time to enjoy them. Follow the crowd to Arpoador Rock for the best sunset view. It’s a tradition to clap when the sun has set. [like a local guide]

Get active at Rio’s famous Lagoon – The Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon is a great place for walking, running and biking. The area is quite big and there’s a trail that’s about 7.5 kilometres long. From here you can see many of Rio’s top tourist attractions, including the Christ the Redeemer statue, Dois Irmãos and Pedra da Gávea. [like a local guide]

Get high on real samba at Pedra do Sal – Skip the gringos’ samba school parties and enjoy authentic local samba on the streets. There are lots of good free roda de samba (samba circles) in the city, but the absolute best and most traditional one can be found at Pedra do Sal. It’s said that samba was created here in times of slavery as a fun and informal pastime. The best days for samba are Mondays and Fridays, starting at 7 pm. [like a local guide]

Get lost in Santa Teresa – Santa Teresa is a hidden gem right in the heart of the city. It’s a neighbourhood famous for its bohemian atmosphere and historical architecture. Take some time to lose yourself in the beauty of it all. [like a local guide]

Have a beach day – What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Rio? Chances are, it’s the beach! Hanging out at the beach is a favourite local pastime and it’s something everyone can experience. Ipanema is the hippest beach in town and even though it attracts lots of tourists, it’s totally different to Copacabana. Be aware that there are different areas: Posto 8 (near Farme de Amoedo Street) is gay-friendly and Posto 9 (next to Maria Angélica street) is marijuana-friendly. [like a local guide]

Meet Rio locals and enjoy local music at São Salvador – Brazilians love to meet up with friends for a chat and a drink. The special thing about São Salvador Square is that it’s where locals always gather to have a beer, hang out and enjoy live music. There’s always some kind of music or circus group practising here, and on weekends there’s an arts and crafts fair. [like a local guide]

Relax in the Parque Lage public park – Parque Lage is amazing – there’s a lot of greenery and it’s all well maintained. It’s a great place to stroll around and see some wildlife. There’s a trail that leads to the Christ the Redeemer statue, but be prepared, it’s around a three-hour walk. There’s also a cultural centre where various events are occasionally held. [like a local guide]

Take a refreshing shower in the Horto waterfall – Rio is always ready to surprise its guests. Imagine that just 15 minutes from the city there’s a wonderful waterfall surrounded by lush greenery. The Horto waterfall is where all the locals go when they’re tired of the beach and want to refresh themselves. It’s always crowded on weekends, so try to go on a weekday. [like a local guide]

Take an alternative route to Sugarloaf Mountain – The Pista Cláudio Coutinho is a scenic trail that’s frequented by joggers, climbers and those interested in the incredible view. By taking this trail, you can hike to Morro da Urca – the first platform of Sugarloaf – for free. There are lots of scenic viewing points and it’s an excellent place to take photos. Go in the evening and enjoy the unobstructed panoramic view of Rio. [like a local guide]



Day of St. Sebastian Celebrations – The city of Rio celebrates the Day of St. Sebastian on 20th January every year. To celebrate the day of its patron, St. Sebastian, festive processions are organised. The parade passes through the lanes of Tijuca, the Center and the Glory. [rio de janeiro]

June Bonfire Festivals (Festas Juninas) – Festas Juninas is a traditional festival celebrated in honour of Saint John. Generally, this festival is celebrated during the winter season in Brazil and in summer in Europe. [rio de janeiro]

Rio Carnival – The world famous Rio de Janeiro Carnival has a history of over two centuries old. Rooted in both pagan and religious festivals, the carnival is celebrated during the four days previous to the beginning of Lent. [rio de janeiro]

Umbanda – Festival of the Goddess of the Sea – On 31st December every year, people of Umbanda religion gather at the Copacabana, Leblon and Ipanema beach to honour the sea goddess, Iemanjá. [rio de janeiro]

Public Transit

Public Transit

BRT Bus – BRT stands for Bus Rapid Transit, and is a system of articulated buses that travel along dedicated corridors. As a result, it became an alternative of faster rides for all its users. The BRT bus is the fastest and cheapest method to go from and to the airport. The BRT connects with Rio metro line at Vicente de Carvalho stop/station. [brazilian experience]

Rio Metro – The Metro is the most reliable public transportation method in Rio de Janeiro, especially in the rush hour. It could be crowded but much faster than taking regular buses or even a taxi at certain times. [brazilian experience]

Rio Onibus – The public Bus is a good way to move around the city while it’s not the rush hour or late at night. Buses are identified by a number that refers to the bus route and a destination on its front sign. [brazilian experience]

SuperVia (Rio Train) – The train is a more conventional way of transportatoin in Rio. It connects the center with different further neighbourhoods in the North, east and west zones. The train does not pass through the south zone. [brazilian experience]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

AngularJS Rio de Janeiro – This is a group for people who want to learn, share, or meet technology people who are using / planning / learning AngularJS. [meetup]

Big Data and Predictive Analytics using R – A sharing of ideas and learning group for both professionals and enthusiasts of predictive business analytics with R. We discuss case studies and how we can reach our new solutions using analytics for today’s business world. [meetup]

Clube Profissionais Inovadores RJ – Professionals engaged in bringing innovation, inspiration, creativity and entrepreneurship to the day-to-day business of the companies in which they operate. [meetup]

Docker Rio de Janeiro – Meet other developers and ops engineers using Docker. Docker is an open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications. Consisting of Docker Engine, a portable, lightweight runtime and packaging tool, and Docker Hub, a cloud service for sharing applications and automating workflows, Docker enables apps to be quickly assembled from components and eliminates the friction between development, QA, and production environments. [meetup]

Familia Microsoft Rio de Janeiro – All professionals working with Microsoft technology or looking to work in the area of ​​infrastructure, support and DBA using their products as Servers, Office 365, SQL Server among other Microsoft technologies. [meetup]

Grupo de Testes Carioca – Group to gather the people interested in Software Quality in Rio de Janeiro. [meetup]

iOS Developer Meetup Rio – Meet with experienced and new iOS application developers – the operating system for mobile devices like iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Participate in discussions about new techniques and strategies in developing new applications. Have fun with ideas for unlikely applications. [meetup]

Meetup de Profissionais de TI – The purpose of this time is to provide a moment of relaxation, exchange experiences, professional contacts and (why not?) Make new friends. [meetup]

Startup Club – This is a club of entrepreneurs, investors and researchers who come together for lectures to present business, feedback and invest in companies. The meetings are twice a month at FGV and free. [meetup]

Startup Founder 101 – At Startup Founder 101, aspiring and early-stage startup founders meet once a month to hear candid talks by successful local entrepreneurs. Learn the best practices, strategies, and mistakes to avoid from those who have been there, done that. Then, if you’d like, you can share your ideas and plans in a relaxed setting to get personal and professional feedback. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

American Language Coaching Barra da Tijuca! – This is a group for people that need to lean English but to learn English with an American Teacher! The objective is to form a group of people that want to learn English at a very low price! [meetup]

English Coaching in Rio – Become a fluent English speaker fast! Join either our LIVE or our ONLINE sessions with Real Native English Coaches. This is the best option in Rio if you are looking for a professional life coach and also want to learn English fast. You can simply practice English conversation or you can have a professional coaching session in English. You decide! [meetup]

English conversation – Meetup – Rio de Janeiro – If you want to practise your English or English is your mother tongue and you would like to meet up with local people to hang out, let join us! We could meet up just in a bar, or we could do any activity like walk, to go sightseeing, etc. [meetup]

Expats and English Speakers of Rio De Janeiro – A Wonderful Social Networking Event To Meet Other English Speakers Who Live And Visit Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. [meetup]

Female Expats, travellers, foreigners living in Rio! – Calling all GIRLS GONE INTERNATIONAL: girls living, working, studying, staying for an extended period, in Rio de Janeiro! This is a group for girls to want to meet other girls, on a regular basis, in their new home Rio de Janeiro! [meetup]

Gringos/English Speakers/Expats of Maricá, RJ, Brazil – English speakers visiting or living in or near Marica, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. [meetup]

LinguaExchange – This is a group that organizes meetups to learn and practice languages. [meetup]

Portuguese for Foreigners Workshops – This group is for foreigners interested in learning Brazilian Portuguese. Whether you are just on vacation in Rio or living here and is interested in learning or improving your Portuguese – please join us! I am an experienced language teacher and I will present workshops for Portuguese students of all levels. [meetup]

Rio de Janeiro – Italian Language and Culture Meetup – If you love Italy, if you love the italian see, if you love the italian food, if you only dream to go to Italy, let’ s go to meet up and speak about it! I love my country, Italia. [meetup]

Rio de Janeiro Língua Mandarim Meetup – If you are studying Mandarin and have difficulty finding beginners to practice without being afraid to be judged this is your group. The idea here is to lose the shame and train the Mandarin talking. After all, without practice we will not evolve 🙂 [meetup]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Gay- Clube Antissocial – It’s not that we do not like people, we just did not know how to put them together. And here we are to give an incredible update on the list of friends. Let’s celebrate and drink with new people! [meetup]

GAYME Rio – To brighten up its socio-cultural life, GAYME was born, proposing games and activities in Rio de Janeiro for the LGBT audience. For the singles to change the routine of ballads and the committed ones give a repaginada and to value the relationship. [meetup]



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