Endless sandy white beaches, blue seas, tropical rainforests atop mountains, the world’s largest carnival, shanty towns.
Welcome to Rio de Janeiro – one of the most exciting and fascinating cities in the world.
Magnificent beaches – one of Rio’s hallmarks – are abundant.
World famous – Ipanema Beach – popularized by the song “The Girl from Ipanema,” always included in the “Best Beaches in the World”, list.
Rio beaches are great people equalizer – the rich, the poor, all spend time there and no one can tell the difference.
Ipanema, for the residents of the Rocinha favela, is but one one kilometre from the beach and overlooks it.
Favela’s are colourful shanty towns, some are dangerous, while others – Rocinha – are safe, to the point where tourists freely roam throughout it.
Sugar Loaf Mountain
An adventure and experience not to miss.
Take a glassed-in cable car for a ride that will take you 1,299 feet above sea level.
At the top the unparalleled view of Rio de Janeiro is superb and out of this world.
Christ The Redeemer
It’s the figure that dominates Rio’s skyline.
The iconic Christ the Redeemer statue can be seen from just about anywhere in the city.
Located on top of Corcovado Mountain, the 124 foot-tall sculpture reigns supreme – the world’s largest Art Deco statue.
A train will take you up to the top.
Tijuca National Park
It’s the largest urban rainforest in the world – Tijuca National Park – 7,907 acres of lush rainforest.
And it’s a mere 45 minutes from Ipanema Beach.
The park is stunning – endless hiking trails, gushing waterfalls (30 of them), scenic lookouts, lofty mountain peaks, stately, elegant old buildings, bio-diverse plant life everywhere.
Rio is comprised of many different districts, each with their own unique atmosphere and attractions.
Lapa is Rio’s bohemian district.
This is the area where you enjoy and savour great street parties, street dancing, great bars, great restaurants.
It is the biggest street party in the world.
For five days – up to two million people per day – are out on the streets enjoying magnificent parades, people dressed in fabulous costumes.
The Rio Carnival dates back to 1723 and people from all over the world come to see this unique spectacle of glitz and glamour.