Riding high on its recent success at hosting the World Cup, Rio is more popular than ever; from Copacabana and Ipanema beaches to Sugarloaf Mountain and the instantly recognisable Christ the Redeemer, there are many iconic sights to see in this bustling city. Chosen as the host city for the 2016 Olympic Games, preparations are now underway, and the city is once again transforming.
Nearby Tijuca Forest (or Tijuca National Park) is an urban forest in a mountainous area of the city that is well worth exploring; a hand-planted rainforest, home to exotic birds, racoons and monkeys. The towering Sugarloaf Mountain is another must-see; plan wisely and pick up a Rio travel guide to make the most of your visit.
Away from the more recognisable sights, Rio’s favelas offer a fascinating insight into the beating heart of the city, and some visitors might prefer to experience these areas with a guide. Find a reputable Rio de Janeiro tour guide for your own tailor-made itinerary – their knowledge of the city and its people is invaluable.
Here’s our friend Sean Roberts’ hazy views of this extraordinary city…