Rio de Janeiro is an absolute visual delight. The city has something for everyone from beautiful Ipanema and Copacabana beaches to breathtaking views of the city from the top of Sugarloaf mountain and Cristo Redentor. The city is humming with life and Brazilians seem to strike a perfect balance between work and play.
Rio has an interesting and diverse mix of colonial, modern and even bizarre architecture like the cone shaped Catedral Metropolitana.
On the weekends, you can visit the busy street markets of Flamengo and take in the sights and smells of fresh produce.
Don’t miss the quaint and quiet neighbourhood of Santa Teresa with its steep cobble stone streets and colourful tiles decorating the street steps. Rest from the climb up on the terrace of Cafe Rustica and enjoy a caipirinha, Brazil’s specialty drink.
Colourful graffiti are a trademark of the city of Rio and they enhance the visual experience.
You can shelter from the afternoon heat under the beautifully manicured trees of the Botanical Garden or rent a bike and follow the beautiful paths surrounding Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas.