With Rio de Janeiro frequently cropping up in lists of the World's Most Expensive Cities, budget travellers may be tempted to head for more affordable destinations instead.
But with a little advance planning, Rio de Janeiro can still be a viable option for budget travelers. The number one tip is to head here outside of peak tourist seasons - prices soar over Carnival and New Year, and are also high during the Western high season of July-August.
Travel here between late September and early December, or between late March and early June, to find the best offers for budget Rio de Janeiro hotels.
In order to bag a real Rio bargain, you might have to sacrifice a little beach time - you might dream of a hotel room overlooking the sands of Ipanema, but with few exceptions you can expect to pay through the nose for the privilege of such a desirable location.
As a rule of thumb, you'll get an awful lot more bang for your buck if you are willing to stay in less celebrated, but perfectly pleasant, locations such as Botafogo, Flamengo and Gloria, while there are countless lovely pousadas (guest houses) to be found up in the scenic hilltop neighborhood of Santa Teresa.
For those who value a beach location above anything else, Rio de Janeiro's wealth of backpacker hostels offer lively lodgings in some of the most desirable locations in the city.