Not from Rio? No worries – you can still be a Carioca! Carioca is the famous nickname for the Rio locals, and we’ve got some insider tips on how to embrace their laid-back lifestyle. Follow these five rules and you’ll be living like a local in no time:
In Rio, time is an illusion and appointments are more like guidelines. Late thirty minutes? Looks like you’re right on time!
Everyone should be greeted with 2 kisses on the cheeks – apart from men with men that (usually) stick to a handshake or a quick hug. In general, get ready for touchy people.
Rio has been ranked multiple times as the friendliest city in the world. Lost? Cariocas will go out of their way – despite the language barrier – to help you get around their wonderful city.
Cariocas love to party. Their bright and colourful carnival is the most important party of the year – with good reason.
Cariocas love being active. They are passionate about football, volleyball, surf – you name it, they do it. But even though you’ll spot them exercising on the beach, you’ll find them later having a cold beer by the bar. ‘All work and no play’ just doesn’t translate in Rio!
What else do you know about the cariocas? Would you love to be one? We want to hear your comments!