It`s true what they say about Rio. A marvelous city. The streets, the beaches, the landmarks the people, the lifestyle, the women :) Very accessible by metro and buses. We used only the metro and walked the rest, I would recommend it If you`re staying more than 3-4 days. Beautiful way to experience Rio, by foot. Most of the places are quite safe to visit even bu foot, big tourist frequency, so it`s perfectly safe, even in places where there is not many tourists, the police is everywhere and they`re very kind and helpful, but only if you speak Portugese :) It`s like no one is speaking English. But with a little Spanish knowledge you can understand them and they can understand you. Lapa is a good neighborhood, opposite of what most of the people are saying that you must stay near the beaches, like Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon. The Center is bustling daytime, but quiet night time, but places like Lapa are very lively too, with eateries and I would call them "beeries" where excellent Brazilian beer is being enjoyed, there are some places really that sell only beer, but there is a restaurant and you can order some snacks from there. Cristo Redentor, Pão de Açúcar are a must, not to mention Copacabana and Ipanema. I would suggest everyone to take the helicopter ride on Morro da Urca (the first top) if you`re not on a budget, It`s an unforgettable experience people, those views, wow. Plan for Cristo Redentor +3 hours of your schedule, believe me, we went at 2 pm, we bought the tickets for the last train at 7.20pm...we were there at 7.20pm but the train left at 7.40pm, until it reached the top the sun was gone, couldn`t get a goot picture of the statue...but not everything was lost, it a breathtaking view to see Rio transiting from day to night. Magnificient.