Rio de Janeiro is a great city to explore on foot and the most interesting aspects are only discovered walking. I like to show you Rio de Janeiro the way its residents explore it and use public transport and taxis to get around the city, the rest is on foot.
Rio de Janeiro is a city, with all important institutions, entertainment, museums, theatres, cultural centres, etc;
it is countryside and nature in the Tijuca Forest, nature reserves, and on the hills covered with Atlantic Rainforest;
it is a one big gym where you can practice all usual sports and also all exotic types of sports from volleyball, football, footvolley, cycling, running, kanoeing, dancing, roller-blading, etc. to surf, stand-up paddle, capoeira, jiujitsu, box and mixed martial arts, hanggliding, diving and snorkeling, climbing, and abseiling.
it is a holiday resort with great beaches, and touristic infrastructure at its best;
and it is the capital of samba, carnival, and everything else linked to music and showbusiness.
Above all, Rio de Janeiro is what it is because of its residents, excentric in the past, building fantastic residences and palaces, extravagant today, covering stairs with tiles, and houses with graffiti to create open air art galleries, inventive like the sellers on Ipanema beach and on the souvenir markets, talented like the musicians you will find all over the city or perfectly professional like the directors of the samba schools creating the fantastic carnival every year.