Traveling to Brazil is not the same as visiting Asian countries like India or Thailand. It's just not as cheap. So be prepared: Rio is not one of those places where you stay forever without spending a dime. Visiting Rio de Janeiro on a budget is not easy, but if you know a few local tricks (jeitinhos), you can definitely get by on less than you might think.
Anyone who’s tried it knows that the humble bicycle is the best way to explore a new city.