Well, this is my first post at TA. I really just joined for the Rio forum to help make my first trip there as fulfilling as possible.
I am 24 years old, born and raised in LA, now a resident of Las Vegas, and traveling to Rio with a friend from March 20-27, and Buenos Aires March 27-30. I like to call myself a fundamentalist bachelor, and am truly going to have a great time with no strings attached. My friend and I wanted to do everything right, so we are staying at the Marina All Suites in Leblon and have already booked 4 nights in Rio with VIP access, private guides, and transportation to the clubs, as well as a private tour of Rio one day, which will hit Corcovado, Sugar Loaf, and I'm sure most of the "tourist must-sees". This plan still leaves us with plenty of unplanned time, so I'm just really seeking suggestions from those who know more than me as to some things I really shouldn't miss.
My friend and I definitely plan on hanging out at the beach frequently, walking the town, and we would like to do some hang gliding and water sports, but other than that, we are both Rio (and South America) virgins and really have no agenda.
We are seasoned travelers and not really cost-conscious about this trip...we have planned for this financially and just want to make it really the ultimate vacation.
I'm going to help out with advice on my home cities, but for right now I guess I'm just mooching...so...any suggestions?