How much will a Rio de Janeiro vacation cost? (June 2011)
Thank you for making this helpful site, it has answered many of my questions.
There is one question that I have not yet found that would fit any of your areas, and that is how much a good trip would cost, and is it worth staying in Rio de Janeiro for more than 1 or 2 weeks.
I have read up on the culture and way things are done there, but I don't know everything there is to know about Rio.
Hello Gabriel , thanks for your question and compliments!
Let's address your second question. Yes, it's definitely worth visiting Rio for 1 - 2 weeks, and more than that if possible. With all the sights, beaches, nightlife, and excellent restaurants in Rio, you will never run out of things to do. However, the cost of staying in a nice hotel for two weeks or more can get expensive, so you should consider renting an apartment or perhaps staying in one of more hostels. (moving from one hostel to another will give you an opportunity to experience different parts of the city and will cut back on daily travel costs).
How much will it cost? That's a tough question to answer accurately, as it will depend mainly on the time of year that you visit, the quality and location of your accommodations, and the type of restaurants in which you eat. Also, the Brazilian Real has become a stronger currency against the U.S. Dollar, and Rio de Janeiro is one of the most expensive cities in Brazil.
Hotel prices have really increased over the past couple of years. If you visit from April - November, you should be able to get a nice hotel close to the beach starting at $200 a night (includes full breakfast), but plan for much higher rates in the Brazilian summer months, and triple rates during Carnaval or New Year's Eve. However, Hostels cost much less, and you can rent an apartment for 2 weeks starting at $100 a night.
If you eat in Botequins or more traditional Brazilian restaurants, your food costs will run $40-50 per day per person. You can easily spend twice that amount if you eat at the steakhouses or at finer restaurants.
Budget $100 or so to visit Sugarloaf and Christ Redeemer Statue. Another $100 to get around by Taxi from time to time. Budget $500 for nightlife and entertainment.
You can save money and spend a lot of time at the beaches!
In summary, for 2 people for 10 days: $2000 round trip airfare from the USA, $1000 - $2000 for the accommodations, and $750-$1000 for food, and $500-$750 for sights and entertainment. Average cost including airfare = $4500 - $6000.
It's not a cheap vacation, but you will have an experience of a lifetime!
Boa viagem from,
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