Always in contention for “Most Beautiful City on Earth” gongs, there’s a lot more to Rio than just Carnival and the Copacabana.

Location, location! Rio’s ethereal setting from the Serra do Mar Mountains to the seas it as the most visited place in the nation. 

Known for its bohemian modo de vida, Santa Teresa is one of Rio’s most charming hoods. The district is also famed for its historic trams which, despite a mechanical hiatus, are on track for a return to operation this year. 


Although synonymous with poverty and criminality, many of Rio’s infamous favelas are turning the economic tide through tourism. Guided favela tours typically involve a walkabout, a visit to a community project and a local lunch.  

Voted the sexiest beach in the world by the Travel Channel, Ipanema beach is the stomping ground of Brazil’s bold and beautiful. Amid the people-watching, volleyball and footvolley are popular activities.  

Rio’s and arguably Brazil’s most iconic sight, the Statue of Christ the Redeemer is the city’s crowning glory. Built between 1922 and 1931, in more recent years the monument has opened its arms to Kim Kardashian and appeared in an Angry Birds video game. 

Rio de Janeiro will host the FIFA World Cup 2014 final on Sunday 13 July, however before that, hosts Argentina vs Bosnia-Herzegovina on Sunday 15 June, Spain vs Chile on Wednesday 18 June, Belgium vs Russia on Sunday 22 June and Ecuador vs France on Wednesday 25 June.

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