Rio de Janeiro

Brazil, Central and South America

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  • Rio de Janeiro View 1

    For samba, tangas and the view from Sugarloaf Mountain

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    For samba, tangas and the view from Sugarloaf Mountain

  • Rio de Janeiro View 3

    For samba, tangas and the view from Sugarloaf Mountain

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    For samba, tangas and the view from Sugarloaf Mountain

How to enjoy Rio de Janeiro

No matter whether you have two left feet and a shy temperament, the infectious rhythms of Samba and Bossa Nova will soon have you shaking those hips in Brazil’s glorious beachside party town

  • You can see the outstretched arms of Christ the Redeemer from almost everywhere in Rio, although that means it can also see you
  • There are plenty of tall, tan and lovely girls on the beach at Ipanema, see if you can work out which one they’ve been singing about
  • The beachside bars of Leblon are ideal for enjoying Brazil’s refreshing favourite cocktail, Caipirinha  

According to Brazilian artist, Vik Muniz, where you choose to sit on Rio’s beach says a lot about you. At one end are the surfers and the beautiful people. Head further along and you reach the stretch favoured by gays. Next are the politicos and the communists. Next the artists, writers, intellectuals and so on. Everyone has a niche. This doesn’t necessarily fall out along socio-economic strata where favela dwellers can share the sand with millionaires from Leblon.

To see Rio in all its glory head to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. The cable car will whisk you to the top where you’ll be able to see the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, the Tijuca Forest and the favelas of Babylonia. For an alternative birds-eye view, charter a helicopter and a personal tour guide to point out the main sights, including the key locations of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.

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    When to visit Rio de Janeiro

    To enjoy everything that Rio has to offer in a hedonistic fiesta of delight, visit during carnival in February

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