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.

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Tijuca National Park

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Tijuca National Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Tijuca National Park

Lose yourself in the world’s largest urban rainforest. Tijuca National Park is home to lush natural splendor, sparkling waterfalls, and thousands of plant and animal species that present a feast for the eyes and ears. Explore well-marked hiking trails in the Forest area, make the ascent to Christ the Redeemer in the Carioca Hill area, or visit Mayrink Chapel—the pink chapel in the woods—built in 1860.

Pão de Açúcar

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Pão de Açúcar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Pão de Açúcar

Also known as Sugarloaf Mountain, Pão de Açúcar rises high above Rio in the mouth of the Guanabara Bay. A cable car will take you to the summit of Pão de Açúcar, where you’ll be treated to an unparalleled view of Cidade Maravilhosa—The Marvellous City.

Copacabana Beach

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Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Copacabana Beach

Winding along the coast, Copacabana beach is perhaps the most well-known stretch of sand in the world. Teeming with Cariocas (Rio locals) and tourists alike, Copacabana is the place to go to see and be seen, and to immerse yourself the vibrancy of local life.

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil At a glance

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