Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (PhotoDisc)

Boat on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Ricardo De Mattos/Photodisc/Getty)

Statue of Christ on Corcovado mountain peak at sunset, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Andrew Holt/Photograopher's Choice RF/Getty)

Tourists and umbrella on Ipanema beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Alberto Coto/Photodisc/Getty)

Aerial view of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)


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What to do in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is the perfect combination of landscape and culture—a city of mountains built on the sea with European, African, and American influences distilled into a uniquely Brazilian flavor. From atop the city’s most striking landmark, the Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer), Rio sprawls into a carpet of skyscrapers, high-rise apartments, and favelas (Portuguese for neighborhoods) nestled among Rio’s peaks. Back at sea level, no two neighborhoods are alike. Hit the local beach or shop in Ipanema, the city’s poshest area. Or rent a bike in nearby Lagoa for a sunset cruise. At night, explore Lapa, known for its sizzling samba clubs. Bohemian Santa Teresa hosts a popular Saturday market. And just a short drive away, in Tijuca National Park (home of the Corcovado), you’ll find a diverse rainforest ecosystem with plenty of fresh air.

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The big Mamba rates Rio de Janeiro
One of the most beautiful cites ever !
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