Destination guide: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro or the “Marvelous City” is undoubtedly the tourist capital of Brazil and where you can see icons as emblematic as the Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugarloaf Mountain and the Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, as well being the home of the famous Rio Carnival.
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Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro stretches between beach and mountain, with colonial neighborhoods, modernist style and that addictive sound that ties it all together: samba.Welcome to the Cidade Maravilhosa (marvelous city).
Once the adopted home of the Portuguese crown, Rio has long entranced visitors. Magnificent festivals such as Carnaval and Reveillon (New Year’s Eve) are renowned, but the city has plenty of other occasions for revelry – weekend samba parties in Lapa, celebrations at a Flamengo football match, and impromptu music jams at sidewalk cafés in Leblon, Centro or any other corner of town.
Music is the lifeblood of Rio, with a soundtrack that begins with samba and encompasses old-school bossa nova, hip-hop, funk and Brazil’s many regional styles. Catch the beat at open-air bars, old-fashioned dance halls or hypermodern nightclubs and lounges.
The setting is another reason why visitors fall hard for Rio. Rain forest still covers large swaths of the metropolitan area, while the city’s dramatic mountains and white-sand beaches weave together one of the world’s most striking urban landscapes. On sunny days, Cariocas (residents of Rio) head outdoors to cycle the shoreline, surf the waves, sail on Baía de Guanabara, hike the forests of Tijuca or rock-climb the face of Pão de Açúcar.
The Rio experience is about many things, from watching the sunset over Arpoador to dancing to live samba at an antique-filled bar in Centro. It’s people-watching in Ipanema, seafood feasts overlooking Lagoa, and coming face-to-face with that spirit of spontaneity and joy seemingly found around every corner of this dynamic tropical city.
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