Rio has long been one of the most popular cities for all sorts of mongering, and meeting transgenders (or travestis) is certainly a part of the allure. In fact, Rio is fast becoming one of the most popular non-Asian locations in the world to indulge in the ladyboy scene (third only to Bangkok and Manila). Regardless of what part of the city you end up in, there’s always some fun to be had nearby.
As with any other type of mongering, it pays to know what the best areas are, as well as the common behaviors and unspoken rules. Jumping head first into Rio is never a good idea with anything there, and you need to take special care when looking for transsexuals to hook up with – both pros and non-pros.
Yes, it can be a bit dangerous here in certain spots, and not every transgender in the city is going to be easy to deal with, whether it’s arranging the deed in the first place, or dealing with any issues afterwards that may come as a result.
Still, keep your guard up a bit, and have a good idea what you’re doing, and all should be well.
Things to Know Beforehand
You may be familiar with some of the nuances of Brazilian women and the culture in general around here, especially in Rio. For the most part, the same rules apply – even more so if you are trying to pick up a shemale while at the club or beach. Be aggressive, be to the point, and always shower her with praise. Forget to do any of these, and you’ll most likely strike out more often than not.
You are definitely more than welcome to try your luck on the streets with transgender hookers (the main hot spots are Av. Augusto Severo, Rua da Lapa and R. da Gloria in Centro), but that’s already a bit risky with hookers in Rio in general. For whatever reason, it’s even more perilous with ladyboy hookers. You may catch one on a bad night, or you may have to deal with their boyfriend after, which won’t end very well for you or your wallet. Stick to the bars, clubs, and dating sites, unless you are 100% sure of a situation.
Should you pick one up, don’t take up the offer to go to their place – that’s a bad idea for several reasons. Opt for a quick hotel room instead (the so called “love motels”).
As far as any casual encounters or day gaming, there are a few choice areas to linger around. The gay beach area around Farme de Amoedo is a good spot to meet some, and you’ll get extra points if you are the blonde hair, blue eyed gringo variety. Some may be working, but you can usually figure that out quickly. Still, there’s a good chance you’ll find someone to spend the evening with.
Another good spot is the seafront area just opposite of the Copacabana Palace Hotel. There are plenty of drag and cabaret shows, which obviously attracts the transgenders from all over the city.
Check with the locals nearby to find out when the shows are, as the schedule changes throughout the year.
As you may already know, Lapa is one of the best parts of the city for street parties. Friday and Saturday nights are the most popular nights for street parties, so hit some up and ask around for the best ones to go to meet shemales. This is one of the best ways to have sex for free, as many go to these parties looking for a good time and some short-term companionship.
There are plenty of big transsexual and LGBT parties in Rio, but most of them are only once every 2-3 months. Revolution Party is a big one, and you can find schedules and info on their website. The Original Brazilian Pool Party is definitely worth going to as well. Check out their Facebook page for more info.
Transgenders in Rio de Janeiro Bars & Clubs
Unlike Thailand, you aren’t going to find an abundance of ladyboy-specific bars in Rio. Many of the transgenders go to all sorts of bars, gay or not. Just as with regular girls, bars aren’t exactly the best place to meet ladyboys, but if you’ve got some strong Portuguese, it can definitely be done.
One of the advantages with transgenders at bars is that they aren’t going to be as cliquey as regular girls. Yes, Rio shemales certainly have their own social circles and groups, but you don’t have to find some way to win favor or get past that to convince one to go with you. As always, being direct is key, and having a decent grasp of the language will work to your advantage.
The other advantage is that you don’t have to work through the negative angle of being some sort of sex tourist coming to Rio simply to bang. I mean, these are transgenders, and they know the deal. It’s a niche, and people tend to travel to places for niches, so don’t feel like you have to hide your intentions of why you’re even in town.
While there are transgenders to be found in many Rio bars on a given night, the Copacabana area is your best bet, along with bars in Lapa. Silêncio Bar is a popular bar in Ipanema, and while it’s officially a gay bar, you’ll find some ladyboys after 10pm to about 4am.
Just as the case with bars, it’s a bit difficult to find transgender-only nightclubs in Rio, but it’s not hard to find shemales in any club. Fortunately, unlike regular girls in clubs, you won’t have to worry about competing with a slew of perfect Brazilian male model types with ladyboys in the club, unless some of those guys are totally oblivious – in some cases it’s understandable.
If you’re experienced picking up transgenders, you know all the small nuances and giveaways to look for. Use that knowledge to your advantage, and look for small groups of shemales that are scoping the place out. Be direct, and be confident when approaching. Shower her with praise and definitely know how to dance. Going in for the fast kiss is acceptable as well. Yes, you may encounter a working girl or two, but that may be perfectly fine with you by that point.
Pink Flamingo is a hugely popular LGBT club in Copacabana that is known to have a good amount of transgenders, especially on the weekends. Heaven Club is one of the more wild Rio clubs, and despite it being a normal club, it’s popular with ladyboys. Both are worth visiting.
Transgender Hookers on Copacabana Beach
The most obvious place to hook up with transgenders in Rio is the Copacabana Beach Promenade.
From the late afternoon until late at night, you will find several pretty attractive transsexuals walking up and down the famous strip, looking for a foreign tourist to have sex in his hotel room in exchange for some cash (the equivalent of 50-100 USD, negotiable). The ratio is like 1 transgender for 20 girls.
Transgender Massages in Rio de Janeiro
Erotic massage locations are littered throughout Rio. While the vast majority of them are of the happy ending variety, or just as a front for a brothel, locating transgender versions is going to be dependent on asking the locals. You may want to check some forums before coming to get a good grasp on the current location.
Two places worth checking out are Sauna Rio G Spa and Leandra Pires Massagista.
Expect to pay anywhere from R$200 to R$260 for a quality session including happy ending (hand job).
Transgender Brothels in Rio de Janeiro
Rio has a red light district that not many tourists know about. It’s located in Rua Sotero dos Reis in Villa Mimosa and has about two dozen brothels with bars on the ground floor and short time rooms on the upper floors.
While 90% of the prostitutes here are female – you guessed it, the rest are transgenders. You can sit down somewhere and have a beer (R$10) and for just R$70-100 you can escape into the room with someone you like for a quick sex session. The prices are so cheap because it’s almost only Brazilian guys going here.
I have marked the location of this brothel street on the map below (red flag pin).
The best way to hook up with transgenders in Rio is using a dating site. If you want sex for free, you need to be hitting up dating sites prior to coming to the city so you can get to know some ladyboys and make appointments with them.
My Transgender Date is the most popular site for transgender dating, and the Rio selection is obviously the highest in all of Brazil. You’ll find plenty of ladyboys to meet up with, and screening out working girls is fairly easy. Knowing a bit of Portuguese can be beneficial, although you can use built-in translators in your browser to make things a bit easier if not.
Rio is the Transgender Capital of Brazil
You now know all you need to know to have a successful jaunt down in Rio.
As the most popular city in Brazil for transgenders, you’re sure to have a good time no matter what. As long as you are open to all of the options, and have a little common sense, you’ll make the most of your trip and should find yourself in bed with a nice and busty ladyboy at the end of most nights.