Visiting relatives in Sao Paulo, we decided to stop in Rio for 2 nights. Arrive GIG at 10:30am Sunday, depart GIG at 2:30pm Tuesday.
We would like to get a flavor of Rio, see the sights, and maximize safety. Any recommendations for hotel ($200 range)? From what we've read, Ipanema seems more suitable than Copa. Are there other good, safe options besides staying on the beach?
How about itinerary? Sunday afternoon activity/dinner? We are considering a full day guided tour with Gray Line Tours. Other recommendations?