We are planning a trip to Rio de Janeiro and are considering whether to rent a car for our stay.
We will be flying into Sao Paolo and have a choice between flying on a shuttle to Rio or renting a car.
In most countries we enjoy driving around and exploring the countryside but am concerned that Rio might be more difficult as we don't speak portuguese and are concerned about safety. We are comfortable with manual transmission and using maps.
We would drive to Rio, then use the car to explore the city and environs on the days we're not lazing on the beach. Any advice? Any experience?