There really is no place quite like the cidade maravilhosa or ‘marvellous city’. We love Rio de Janeiro. It’s an urban jungle where impossibly beautiful women in string bikinis skip along the beach by day and chiselled men steer you through samba-fuelled parties by night, as the whole city reverberates with roars from the Maracaña stadium.
While visits to the statue of Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf Mountain and Copacabana Beach are obligatory, Rio’s unique energy eludes many guidebooks. What makes it magical is the carioca or Rio native spirit that oozes from the city’s every pore. Cariocas are entranced by the here-and-now and squeeze every last drop out of life – it’s as though they’ve soaked up so much sunshine, they can’t help but glow.
We’re here to help you to dive head first into that spontaneity – and with any luck you’ll pick up some of that enviable radiance along the way. While we can’t promise where you’ll end up – be it a wild favela party, meditative beach yoga or atop the Dois Irmaos mountain – we can promise a good time (and plenty of caipirinhas).
Join us as we travel the globe, uncovering up and coming destinations while revisiting the classics in a fresh light. We’ll take you everywhere – from frigid expeditions on the Faroe islands to weird and wonderful bachelorette parties in Vegas.
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