Rio de Janeiro Highlights
Be warned: Rio's powers of seduction can leave you with a bad case of saudade (indescribable longing). Planted between lush, forest-covered mountains and breathtaking beaches, the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City) has many charms at her disposal. It's a city of Dionysian spirit whose people live life to the full.
The Cariocas - as the inhabitants are called - thrive on dance, beach, sport and sun. While large-scale festivities like Carnaval make Rio famous, there are countless occasions for revelry - Saturday at Ipanema Beach, admiring Corcovado and Sugar Loaf, soccer at Maracana Stadium, or an impromptu samba at Copacabana or any other corner of this marvelous city.