Day One

  • Ipanema & Leblon

Spend the first day soaking up the rays on Ipanema Beach. Be sure to hydrate with maté (cold, sweetened tea) and agua de côco (coconut water), sample a few beach snacks (or a sandwich at Uruguai) and take a scenic stroll down to Leblon.

  • Lunch Quitéria spreads an excellent Brazilian lunch buffet.
  • Ipanema & Leblon

In the afternoon, have a wander through the streets of Ipanema, doing some window-shopping on Rua Garcia d'Ávila, stopping for ice cream at Vero, and getting a coffee fix at Cafeína. Later, stroll over to Ponta do Arpoador, and watch the sunset behind Dois Irmãos.

  • Dinner Creative dishes amid tropical splendor at Casa Camolese.
  • Gávea, Jardim Botânico & Lagoa

After dinner, enjoy drinks or microbrews in the spacious new entertainment complex of Casa Camolese, then head to the downstairs Clube Manouche to hear some high-quality jazz or Brazilian beats. If you're still not ready to call it a night, head over to Palaphita Gávea for a nightcap in a lush outdoor setting.

Day Two

  • Flamengo & Around

Start the morning with a dose of history by visiting the atmospheric Museu da República. Next door, the Museu de Folclore Edison Carneiro has an intriguing folk-art collection well worth a look. Afterwards, head to Cosme Velho and take the cog train up Corcovado to admire the view beneath the open-armed Cristo Redentor.

  • Lunch Have a leisurely lunch at Bar do Mineiro, a Santa Teresa classic.
  • Santa Teresa & Lapa

Afterwards, wander through Santa Teresa, Rio's most atmospheric neighborhood. Browse for handicrafts at La Vereda, admire the views from the Parque das Ruínas, and check out the eclectic art collection and lush gardens of Museu Chácara do Céu. Stop for a late-afternoon cocktail and snack at Explorer Bar.

  • Dinner Feast on beautiful Amazonian dishes at Espírito Santa.
  • Santa Teresa & Lapa

Take a taxi downhill to Lapa for a late night of samba and caipirinhas. Start the evening by taking in the street party around the Arcos da Lapa before making your way to Rio Scenarium, a beautiful antique-filled club where you can join samba-loving crowds on the dance floor or simply watch the evening unfold from an upper balcony.

Day Three

  • Barra da Tijuca & Western Rio

In the morning, go for a hike in Floresta da Tijuca, which has rainforest-lined hiking trails, refreshing waterfalls and spectacular views from craggy summits.

  • Lunch Indulge in some of the best grilled dishes in Rio at Leblon's Giuseppe Grill.
  • Copacabana & Leme

In the afternoon, take in the sun and surf on Copacabana Beach. If you're feeling active, try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding. After a few hours in the sun, stroll to the southern end of the neighborhood, where you can visit the Forte de Copacabana. Here you'll find a small museum and several relaxing open-air cafes with memorable views across the sweep of Copacabana Beach.

  • Dinner Enjoy a meal of tapas and sangria at El Born in buzzing Baixo Copa.
  • Gávea, Jardim Botânico & Lagoa

After dinner, go for creative cocktails and serene views at the open-air lakeside bar of Palaphita Kitch. Then head to the other side of the lake for a concert at the Blue Note Rio.

Day Four

  • Centro & Praça Mauá

Start the morning in the newly redesigned streets around Praça Mauá. Admire the view from the Museu de Arte do Rio and check out the futuristic exhibits inside the Museu do Amanhã. Peek inside the lavish Mosteiro de São Bento en route to Praça XV (Quinze) de Novembro and check out other impressive colonial sights, including Paço Imperial and the Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Carmo da Antiga Sé.

  • Lunch Enjoy creative Asian fusion and panoramic bay views at Xian.
  • Botafogo & Urca

Spend the afternoon down in Urca. Take the cable car to the top of Pão de Açúcar, from where Rio spreads before you in a stunning panorama. Afterwards, enjoy a drink and a snack at waterfront Bar Urca.

  • Dinner Experience high-end gastronomy at the celebrated Oteque.
  • Botafogo & Urca

Stick around Botafogo for libations in some of the neighborhood's creative new drinking dens. Sip bespoke cocktails and join locals over DJ sets at CoLAB; follow it up with drinks at buzzing Comuna; later, catch some casual sidewalk jam sessions at Fuska 2.0.