Brazil spreads across half of South America, with powdery white-sand beaches, lined with palm trees fronting the deep blue Atlantic. Along this coastline are tropical islands, music-filled metropolises and enchanting colonial towns. Inland, Brazil offers dazzling sights of a different flavour: majestic waterfalls, red-rock canyons, and crystal clear rivers – all just a small part of the country’s natural beauty. Its larger and more famous attractions are the Amazon river and the Pantanal wetland area, the pair hosting some of the greatest biodiversity on the planet - wildlife-watching is simply astounding here. Some of the world’s most exciting cities lie inside of Brazil’s borders.
Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil, known as the cidade maravilhosa (marvellous city). Rio is famous for its breathtaking landscape, laidback beach culture and its annual carnival. The seductive sounds of samba resound by the world famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. Rio Tourism Board: www.rioguiaoficial.com.br
Rio de Janeiro is the most awarded destination by World Travel Awards in the South American category.
Safety in Rio
Visitors to Rio can greatly minimise their risk by following a few common sense rules. These tips may sound alarmist but they could equally apply to any big city in the world: Safety in Rio.