Rio de Janeiro can be notorious pricy and a bit of a shock for those travelers expecting South American prices. Rio and Sao Paulo happen to be the most expensive cities in the western hemisphere with good reason - Brazil is the economic power of the continent, drawing in a steady flow of immigrants looking to make a better living (Read more about this topic at The Rio Times). But none of this should detract you from planning a visit to the Marvelous City. There are plenty of accommodations and activities for any budget - big or small. You can easily cut the costs of your trip in half if you do the research and are able to find the great opportunities that are available! Here are 5 FREE things to do for the budget traveler and those who just like a great deal!