1. Watch the sunset from the rocks at Arpoador
2. Visit Vila Autódromo, the favela evicted for the Olympic Games
3. See the view from the wall at Urca while drinking a beer from the Bar da Urca
4. Take a walking tour to learn about the Port Region’s deep history
5. Eat Açai and cheese bread at Cultivar, and a "cafezinho" (little coffee) at Cafecito after spending an afternoon strolling around Santa Teresa
6. Learn the rich history of Rio’s favelas by taking a community led tour
7. On Monday, head to Samba at Pedra do Sal in Centro
8. Choose a “barraca” in Lapa to have a tapioca and caipirinha at night
9. Take a stroll through Parque Lage
10. Hike up to Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers) for the best view in Rio
11. Find local sambistas at Botequim Vaca Atolada, Renascença Clube or Samba Cafe
To get off the beaten path, try out these samba spots for local, live music.
12. Search for events on Facebook to see what is going on around you
A major pro-tip in Brazil is that everyone uses Facebook to find events. From small events to large concerts or demonstrations, start perusing the "events near you" option and seeing what you discover. It will be worth your time.