As summer in the northern hemisphere is coming to a close, booking a ticket to Rio de Janeiro for a warm, boozy winter escape sounds like a perfect idea.
Magazine articles, travel guides, and that friend of your parents have all told you what to see and do. Most have mentioned Ipanema and Copacabana (and that you shouldn’t leave them lest you be immediately caught in an international drug war), armored cars with drivers, and a visit to the Corcovado.
But there is a better way to experience the city. As a newly minted Carioca (two months and counting), I’ve learned a few tricks that have let me slip in a little better.