Brazil is huge. Bordered with ten South American countries, it takes up most of the continent. The majority of Brazilian escapades begin by flying to Rio de Janeiro…
Brazil's former capital is where rainforests, beaches and colossal mountains meet to form breathtaking views in every direction.
Stay in the bohemian hillside neighbourhood of Santa Teresa. Up in the hills, Santa Teresa feels village-like, yet is only a short tram ride into the city centre, and full of stunning colonial architecture and cobblestone streets. Santa Teresa is only a ten minute walk from Lapa, famous for its Friday night live music street parties and Stairs of Selarón (think Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams’ ‘Beautiful’ music video).
A trip to Rio is not complete without a visit to one of the hundreds of botecos, local restaurant bars with a few stools serving a mixture of empadinhas (baked or deep-fried pastries stuffed with spiced beef, pork, ham and/or chicken); feijoada (a hearty stew of black beans, sausages and cuts of pork) and beer.
Check out the buffet-style per kilo restaurants offering economical yet delicious tasting menus, also popular with Cariocas (as Rio residents are known).
Lounge on the famous Copacabana's sands – remember to refuel at the barzhinhos de praia (beach bars) with a fresh água de côco, sipped with a straw from the freshly severed coconut.
Get your urban hike on by paying a visit to Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf mountain and the Tijuca forest. Funiculars and minibuses offer excursions, however it’s a two-hour climb to Christ the Redeemer from Santa Teresa – with the hard route comes the spectacular mountainous jungle views of the city.
Few people realise that Rio is also a state covering over 43,000km square, some argue this is where the real beauty lies…