Destination Guide: Rio de Janeiro
Spirited samba, sandy beaches and daily carnival fever
Join the party at Rio's vibrant beaches with spontaneous football games and music sessions. Soak up colonial grace in Centro and take in the sweeping panorama from Sugarloaf Mountain.
Dine at elegant restaurants or market stalls. Join Cariocas(Rio's locals) for Bahian finger food on cobbled Centro streets. Wash down meaty bean feijoada stew with zesty caipirinha cocktails. Elegant 19th-century buildings are the setting for hilltop Santa Teresa's fresh seafood restaurants.
Enjoy golden sands and sweeping views. Bask in the sunset against Sugarloaf Mountain while children play football on tiny Urca beach. Climb the gargantuan Cristo Redentor statue, then visit the museum-dotted Park do Flamengo. Jewel-like hummingbirds and fabulous flowers are the backdrop to the dense Morro do Leme rainforest, bordering Copacabana Beach.
Browse boutiques or vibrant markets. Boutiques selling designer jeans and daring beachwear dot Ipanema. There's a party atmosphere at weekend markets like Feira Nordestina; stalls selling local artworks and handwoven hammocks are accompanied by local accordion bands and samba dancers.
Soak up local culture with samba dancing and football. Practise your samba or choro steps at old-fashioned gafieira dancehalls in Lapa. Or see how it's done at weekly samba school rehearsals. Sip beer on balmy evenings at al fresco bars in Leblon. Rio's spirit is unleashed at football matches - cheer on teams at the Maracanã stadium.