Framed by lush mountains and shimmering sea, Rio is an unabashed show-off. Sun golden limbs on the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana, spin to heady beats in Lapa’s dance halls or take on the city’s hiking trails and climbing spots.
When to go
For dry and balmy weather, visit between March and September. While temperatures can reach tropical heights between December and February, the vibrant Carnival is a must-see.
Food & Drink
An eclectic mix of rustic restaurants, sizzling food stalls and inventive fine dining haunts, Rio de Janeiro is a foodie’s dream. Street food here is not to be missed: fragrant smells of fried pastels intermingle with salty popcorn and crunchy tapioca on bustling market streets. For something more refined, the city boasts an extravagant gastronomic scene, where artistic presentation meets unusual flavour combinations.
Not to miss
Take an evening cable car up Sugar Loaf mountain, and watch the sunset cast a rainbow of colours across the sky.
Sip on tart caipirinhas in laidback bars, join the locals in dusk-to-dawn street parties or sample some of Rio’s prized liquors. Of course, a trip to Brazil isn’t complete without dancing to samba: a passionate musical form that pulses throughout the city.
Where to stay in Rio de Janeiro
For a fun-loving bohemian vibe, stay in Santa Teresa: a neighbourhood decked in cocktail dens, coffee hubs and quirky boutique hotels. If you fancy something quieter, head to Paraty, where shimmering coastline meets with lush forests, aside cosy villas and luxury hideaways.
How to get there
Rio de Janeiro–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport serves international flights year-round.
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