Rio creative Tainá Vilela describes her city as "home of laid back, bohemian Bossa Nova tunes and vibrant samba beats. Surrounded by mountains, with flickering favela lights, bathed by the sea and boardwalks where golden girls of Ipanema parade, Rio is a place where beauty is found in contradiction".
Tainá shares her local knowledge to help you navigate the many neighbourhoods and get a taste of all the sides Rio has to offer. Read on for her top 3 neighbourhoods and her go to spots to sample Rio's culture.
"Leblon: is a bohemian, well off neighbourhood. It has some of the nicest restaurants and shops. Lapa: previously the red light district of Rio, it has been revitalised and now one of the best places for a night out. Santa Teresa: the most charming neighbourhood, it has traditional bars and some crazy viewpoints where you can see all of Rio from above."