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Bustling and energetic, Rio di Janeiro is one of the most visited cities in the world. You don’t go here to escape the crowd; you go here to embrace it and live off the spirited atmosphere. With world class accommodations, miles of gorgeous beach, stunning scenery, lively music, nightlife, and cultural scenes, it is no wonder Rio holds a favored place in the world traveler’s heart.

How can you make a city as vibrant as Rio di Janeiro even more satisfying and memorable?

Hit the Festivals

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Rio knows how to celebrate. Legendary for its festivals, perhaps none is as famous as Carnival. Held several days before Ash Wednesday, revelers indulge, dance, party, and parade before the Lenten season of abstinence begins. Rio’s is the world’s largest Carnival celebration and features street bands, parades, costume balls, samba, concerts, and more – each more elaborate and exciting than the last. People are encouraged to participate in the festivities, so make sure to put on your dancing shoes!

Other festivals include: New Year’s Eve, June Bonfire Festival, Festival do Rio (film), and many more throughout the year.

See Where City Meets Nature

In the middle of this busy city is an urban oasis, Tijuca National Forest. This Atlantic rainforest was hand-planted in the late 19th century. Emperor Dom Pedro II, worried about deforestation, ordered the forest planted to help secure clean water for his people. Today, Tijuca is home to a healthy population of ocelots, howler monkeys, and an array of bird species. This is your chance to hike through a rainforest – and enjoy stunning views of the city at the same. It’s a wonderful contrast that is distinctly Rio.

Another famous landmark resides in Tijuca: Corcovado Mountain. Its granite peak inspired the moniker, which means “Hunchback” in Portuguese. On sunny days, make the trip to the viewing platform and take in downtown Rio, neighboring mountains, and famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. Perhaps the most famous view is of the peak itself, home to the towering Christ the Redeemer statue.

Stay Up Late

When in Rio…. The famed nightlife is worth trading a few hours of sleep. Experience world-famous clubs, underground bars, and lively music throughout the city. Don’t worry: you can lounge on one of the many beautiful beaches the next day as you recover!

Rio di Janeiro will create a lasting imprint in your memory. Make the most of this thrilling city!

Enid Glasgow