Rio is famous world over for girls in bikinis, sex and samba and, in truth, the Rio beaches do set the bikini fashion the world over. However, it’s important to distinguish between the tourist hype and the truth and the latter you won’t learn by reading your average guidebook.
Many tourists to Rio de Janeiro arrive in Copacabana and find a girlfriend the same day on the beach. ‘What a country!’ They cry, downing their seventh caipirinha in a row. What they don’t realise is that she’s not so much enamoured with their fascinating conversation as with their wallets. Maybe the girl won’t make it clear that she’s a prostitute but by the end she will fill her pockets one way or another. Lambs to the slaughter.
Few Brazilian women would want to live somewhere like Copacabana simply for the ill fame the place bears. If you’re looking for romance or sex in Rio then you need to get out of the tourist traps and head towards the Brazilian nightlife.
A definite step forward to picking up the locals in Rio is to learn some Portuguese. In the uptown areas like Ipanema you’ll find some Brazilians who speak English but if you want to get beyond eye contact and a few embarrassed smiles in other parts, Portuguese is definitely the language of love.
Whilst the clichés of easy sex in Rio de Janeiro are exaggerated, this is somewhere that people are very relaxed about their sexuality. To kiss someone in a bar counts for nothing and is all part of the evening’s fun. Phone numbers are handed out like popcorn but its odds on they’ll have forgotten your name by the time you come to call.
The chic crowd head to the Irish bars to pose for the evening and a gringo lover would just be the icing on the cake for many of these. If you head downtown to places like Lapa or a samba bloco then you’ll stand out a lot more which can also work in your favour.
Girls who want to meet Brazilian guys will have a definite advantage the blonder their hard and the lighter their skin. Anything different is always exotic and Brazilian guys also go for girls with large asses. I see you baby, shaking that…. To attract your average carioca guy all you have to do is look in his direction for a while and he’s likely to come trotting over with some cheesy line.
Brazilian girls pull the same eye contact trick and a smile can generally be taken as an invitation. You’ll rarely be brushed off or ignored even if she doesn’t fall for you. It might be the first time she’s ever got to know a gringo so it’s good to be relaxed and let her get used to the idea. Brazilian girls are also aware of the image they have abroad and are determined not to give you the wrong idea. At least, not for the first 20 minutes or so.
Learn more about love abroad in the World Dating Guide