DISCOVER HOW RIO DE JANEIRO EARNED ITS NICKNAME: THE MARVELOUS CITY
Samba on down to Rio, famous for its dramatic landscape and beach culture, easy going except for the four days of frenetic, feather-festooned Carnaval.
From the summits of Sugarloaf and Corcovado, take in breathtaking views of a magnificent bay set against a mountain backdrop. Check out the activity at one or two of the 23 beaches, crowded with sunbathers and swimmers, and also populated by surfers, bikers, and the girl from Ipanema.
Pull up a chair at a churrascaria, and dine on the delicious grilled meat of your choice, washed down with a caipirinha, the national cocktail.
No journey to Rio would be complete without a visit to one of the New Seven Wonders of the World—Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor). At the top of Corcovado Mountain, towering high above the city below, this 125-foot-tall statue of Jesus Christ spreads its arms over Rio and offers breathtaking panoramic views of Guanabara Bay.Download An Explorer Guide +