How well do you think you know Rio de Janeiro? Do you believe that the city's golden sands are places where you could go topless or au natural? What about all that drinking -- must be plenty of drunk drivers on the roads, especially on Friday and Saturday nights, huh? And, should you want to wake up from your hotel and walk down the street to some of the city's renowned beaches, such as Ipanema and Copacabana, that's going to really cost you several hundred dollars a night, right? Wrong on all accounts.
I came up with eight myths about Rio de Janeiro based on what I've overheard many a traveler discuss. This piece that I wrote for the Huffington Post sorts out fact from fiction.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Things You Didn't Know About Rio
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I enjoyed this post but didn't even know enough before this to know any of those myths! Sounds like a great place to visit.
Hi NoPotCooking, Thanks so much for commenting. I wish I had had more time in Rio. I packed a lot into only a few days. Must return for a week next time.
I'm with NoPot, sounds like a cool vacation spot, and I wasn't aware of these myths either.
Considering it's Mid-May, and we're still getting SNOW here in CO ... a beach sounds perfect right about now.
Hi Kristen, I guess I only became aware of most of these myths once I started telling people I was going to Rio. Then the flood gates opened.
Hi Roxanne, Snow still? OMG. That's crazy. Here in NYC the weather's been bad, one way or another, since October. And, for me, a beach always sounds great!
I've been craving a trip to Rio ever since I saw the movie 'Rio.' Yeah, I know it's an animated kid's movie, but makes no difference to me! I'd love to know how accurate the movie is when it comes to the "real" Rio.
Hi Jane, That movie looks so cute! I have to see it and compare it with the real Rio. Certainly looks colorful, which Rio is.
What a great article. I didn't know enough about Rio to debunk the myths before, but I do now!
Hi Living Large, Glad you enjoyed this post. It seems so many destinations have myths associated with them and Rio definitely has its share.
Thanks for posting the link, you mean you can't go topless on the beaches in Rio??
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