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Rio de Janeiro



Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janiero

Ipanema Beach

Ipanema Beach

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Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

Welcome to the Cidade Maravilhosa, or the Marvelous City, as Rio is known in Brazil. Synonymous with the girl from Ipanema, the dramatic views from Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain, and famous Carnival celebrations, Rio is a city of stunning architecture, abundant museums, and marvelous food. Rio is also home to 23 beaches, an almost continuous 73-km (45-mile) ribbon of sand.As you leave the airport and head to Ipanema or Copacabana, you'll drive for about 40 minutes on a highway from where you'll begin to get a sense of the dramatic contrast between beautiful landscape and devastating poverty. In this teeming metropolis of 12 million people (6.2 million of whom live in Rio proper), the very rich and the very poor live in uneasy proximity. But by the time you reach Copacabana's breezy, sunny Avenida Atlântica—flanked on one side by white beach and azure sea and on the other by condominiums and hotels—your heart will leap with expectation as you begin to recognize the postcard-famous sights. Now you're truly in Rio, where cariocas (Rio residents) and tourists live life to its fullest.Enthusiasm is contagious in Rio. Prepare to have your senses engaged and your inhibitions untied. Rio seduces with a host of images: the joyous bustle of vendors at Sunday's Feira Hippie (Hippie Fair); the tipsy babble at sidewalk cafés as patrons sip their last glass of icy beer under the stars; the blanket of lights beneath the Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf) morro; the bikers, joggers, strollers, and power walkers who parade along the beach each morning. Borrow the carioca spirit for your stay; you may find yourself reluctant to give it back.

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Things You Can't Miss

Iconic Corcovado Offers a Spectacular Vista

Take the cog railroad up to the famed Christ statue atop this 2,329-foot mountain for a panorama of the city, Sugarloaf and lovely Guanabara Bay.

Iconic Corcovado Offers a Spectacular Vista

Image Credit: Angelo Cavalli/Corbis

Be the Girl (or Boy) From Ipanema

This legendary beach attracts Rio’s beautiful people — and families, too. The nearby upscale Leblon neighborhood is packed with hip cafés and bars.

Be the Girl (or Boy) From Ipanema

Image Credit: Danny Lehman/Corbis

Monkeys and Toucans in the City’s Heart

Rio’s Botanical Garden is an oasis for thousands of species of plants, as well as rain forest animals and a stupendous avenue of soaring palm trees.

Monkeys and Toucans in the City’s Heart

Image Credit: Kseniya Ragozina

Nothing’s Second Best About Rio’s Other Peak

Though not as tall as Corcovado, the stunning granite Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf) provides a must-see perspective on the city and its hills and beaches.

Nothing’s Second Best About Rio’s Other Peak

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Avenida Atlântica for the True Flavor of Rio

This broad boulevard along famed Copacabana Beach is lined with fancy apartments and sidewalk cafes; street vendors offer snacks, drinks and crafts.

Avenida Atlântica for the True Flavor of Rio

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Waterfalls and Lush Woodland in Tijuca Forest

This park adjacent to Corcovado provides a taste of tropical flora and fauna along its miles of hiking trails and roads; great views abound as well.

Waterfalls and Lush Woodland in Tijuca Forest

Image Credit: Balthasar Thomass / Alamy

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