Useful Tips

1. When planning your trip to Rio, do not forget to include in your pack: sunscreen, light clothes. Bermudas and T-shirts are the right options for men and ladies can stick to skirts, tank tops and summer dresses.


2. Book your Airport Transfer in advance. Depending on your Airport Terminal of arrival, finding a reliable transportation can be tricky.


3. The best means of transportation in Rio is the Underground Metro, which connects the South Zone to the City Center and the North Zone. Pretty simple, safe, modern and clean.


4. Never drink caipirinha on the beach as you are there for sunbathe. You can burn yourself since it is made of lime and it will only hit you moments later. Save it for the nightlife! Also, avoid eating seafood from walking-vendors.


5. Going for shopping at one of the street markets, bargaining is always wise. However it might not work at regular shops...


6. Like every big city around the world, avoid carrying expensive cameras and jewelries at night. Disposable ones are really recommended.


7. As you go for swimming don’t leave your stuff unattended. Ask someone next to you to take a look at it until you get back.


8. In Rio you will find dozens of juice shops to try the freshest juices ever, however if you want to try a new soft drink, ask for guaraná!


9. To speak proper Portuguese, replace any “r” starting a word or “rr” by “h” as in house. Also, replace any “ch” by “sh”.


10. Try the traditional meal Feijoada on a Saturday, when most the restaurant offers it as the “Specialty of the Day”.

Rio de Janeiro Urban Adventures

Rio de Janeiro Urban Adventures team are “Cariocas”, or Rio locals, who are passionate about their city and the local lifestyle of natural happiness and outgoing social experiences. People from Rio are very active and the team has created adventurous options on their Rio de Janeiro day tours for travellers to get in touch into Rio’s way of life.

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Responsible Travel with Urban Adventures

At Urban Adventures, we firmly believe local travel is one of the best ways we can support responsible tourism. In fact, we believe it so strongly that we’ve made it our entire business! All our tours are run by local experts, not some faceless corporate team located halfway around the world with no sense of the local vibe.

We craft our tours to ensure every traveller has authentic interactions with local people, businesses, transportation, and food and drink. Local travel gives you the opportunity to experience a destination as locals do, and has the potential to impact you in ways you never imagined. In short: local is awesome.

As a responsible travel company, we promise to:

  • Use locally owned infrastructure on our tours whenever possible.
  • Spread the financial benefits amongst local people and operators.
  • Provide employment and leadership opportunities for local people.
  • Respect local customs and culture.
  • Provide safe tours for Urban Adventure partners, staff, and travellers.
  • Educate travellers and our partners about how and why we choose to travel this way.
  • Limit any negative impact to the daily lifestyles of local people.
  • Limit any physical impact on natural and cultural environments.
  • Provide support to organisations and local communities.
  • Provide opportunities for travellers to interact with local people.
  • Actively ban partners, staff, and passenger participation in or endorsement of commercial sexual activities or illegal drug use on Urban Adventures tours.
  • Work to prevent the exploitation of children in tourism.
  • Actively discourage participation in activities that exploit animals.
  • Use local partners that adhere to Urban Adventures' responsible travel principles.
  • Support and encourage fair employment practices.
  • Give our travellers the best possible value.
  • Have fun!

As a traveller, we ask that you keep the following in mind:

  • People: Be mindful of the local citizens, and seek understanding through shared experiences. Consider their customs and values while in their homeland, and when in doubt, ask your guide for advice.
  • Environment: Be mindful of the local environment, and act with conservation and sustainability in mind. Follow local guidelines, as recommended by your guide, and make proactive decisions on your own.
  • Culture: When travelling to other cultures, remember that not everyone's customs are the same as yours at home. Be respectful, and be mindful of openly questioning a customary practice, even if you disagree with it. Try to understand from their perspective. You may learn something! Your guide will be an excellent point of reference here, so check with them if you're unsure.
  • Economy: Make every effort to use local businesses and put your tourism dollars in the right (local) pocket. We use local vendors and businesses, and your guide will be able to advise you on the best ways to support the local economy.


Our responsible tourism mandate is also what guides our newest line-up of tours: the "In Focus" series. This collection of tours is run in conjunction with local NGOs, non-profits, and accelerators around the globe. We've worked with these groups on the ground to develop experiences that show travellers what their projects are about and how they're giving back to the community.

For more suggestions on how to be a responsible traveller check out our top 12 responsible travel tips, or check out what our friends at Intrepid have to say.

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