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Rio De Janeiro

Christ the Redeemer with his arms held out high above Rio de Janeiro is one of South America’s most iconic images. Christ looks down on world-famous beaches, vibrant communities and a passionate city whose heart beats that little bit faster when the carnival comes to town. 
Rio de Janeiro is a captivating city of contrasts. Glitzy malls back on to run-down neighbourhoods, and the Cariocas (as residents of Rio are known), live passionately amid the tourists that flock to their wonderful pocket of this continent to marvel and enjoy all its glory.
 
The beat of Samba is relentless in this city that really does come alive on weekends. There are always a couple of notable street parties with local food vendors, cocktail makers and general hedonism abounding.

Combining a stay in Rio with a trip to the Amazon, Iguacu Falls and maybe the beaches of Trancoso would make for an ideal Brazil Family Holiday or South America Honeymoon depending on the hotels you choose.
 

What to do in Rio


You cannot mention Rio without talking about its love affair with football. Locals play the game everywhere, and joining in for a kick about on one of Rios beaches is a sure way to work up a sweat (and be humiliated!)
Football is not the only sport found here; you will also find an abundance of volleyball, surfing and - the popular favourite on the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema - sunbathing.
 

Our opinion


Rio has beautiful beaches, a beautiful setting and friendly locals. All of these add to the beat of this buzzing city.
 

Where to stay


We recommend staying in one of the hotels that look out over Ipanema or Copacabana;  both great spots to base yourself as you can enjoy the beaches and the café scene in the area, and with easy access to the main sites of interest.

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