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Brazil: Rio de Janeiro

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Of the world’s great iconic cities, Rio is the most captivating. Romantic and laid back but oozing energy and optimism, it needs a few days to explore and time to sit back and share the outdoor life of its welcoming inhabitants.

With streets, beaches and parks spruced up for the World Cup and Olympic Games, now is the best time to go. The busy colonial centre is transformed, with literary cafés spilling out on to car-free lanes, the National Theatre all a-glitter, and boutique hotels nestle in arty Santa Teresa.

The lagoon behind Ipanema beach is circled by a pretty path and cycle route and the Botanical Gardens have undergone a luscious makeover. Vibrant street art, beach football, spontaneous musical events and cool bars all add to a joyous experience for visitors.

Our holidays to Rio de Janeiro

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Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Rio house

Walking tour of Rio de Janeiro

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Rio gardens

Explore Rio de Janeiro's Botanical Gardens

Bar in Rio

Rio de Janeiro by night

Our insider tips for Rio de Janeiro

Laura

Laura Rendell-Dunn

Standing on the peak of Sugar Loaf Mountain with sunset views over the beaches, bays and the city as its twinkling lights are turned on against a purple sky.

Claire Milner

Claire Milner

Feasting on panoramas from Corcovado Mountain, swathed in the tropical woodland of Tijuca Forest and topped by the Christ the Redeemer Statue. This is the world’s largest urban park, giving a real feel for the jungle in the centre of the city.

Paul

Paul Winrow-Giffin

Joining in the fun at a passionate Sunday afternoon football game at the refurbished Maracanã Stadium. Visitors choose their team and buy the shirt; happily embraced by the locals!

Chris

Chris Rendell-Dunn

Rio’s food: dining at a chic restaurant in classy Leblon. Or enjoying  Sunday lunch at the sublime Aprizavel hidden away in a lush garden in hilltop Santa Teresa.  More modest meals can be enjoyed in a newly-pacified favela, reached by cable-car.

What our experts say

Rio deserves at least 3-4 days to do it justice. The main sights such as the Sugar Loaf and Corcovado are a must, but also consider wandering around the gradually-being-spruced-up downtown area, climbing to the top of the Fort at the Leme end of Copacabana beach, walking the nature/leisure trail around Morro da Uraca (the first stage of the Sugar Loaf) and an amble around Urca, the arty/villagey district at the foot of the Sugar Loaf on Botafogo Bay by the yacht club.

Claire Milner

Claire Milner

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