Some people immediately fall in love with this enamouring Brazilian city. The magic here is intoxicating – beaches and sun, joie de vivre, dancing, laughter, drinking... Welcome to Rio!
Of course, favelas and the urban jungle are all part of the parcel. But so, too, are imposing buildings dating back to colonial times, undisturbed rain forests, and – it goes without saying – the city's landmark, the Cristo de Redentor, with outstretched arms, towering down on the city from the Corcovado. The view from this plateau is simply mind-blowing.
The cariocas, as the locals are called, are bubbly people who radiate an unparalleled joie de vivre. Samba, surfing and sun – this is what life's all about!
Visiting a peaceful favela is the best way to take in the true carioca culture. These residential districts are worlds apart from the shopping centres in Barra de Tajiu and the hip clubs at Ipanema beach. A holiday in Rio without culture and without the beach is like the Copacabana without a caipirinha. And because caipirinhas always taste so good here, it's very difficult to resist Rio.
Capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro in south-east Brazil.
Around 6.4 million
- Public Transport
Well-developed underground and bus network. Further details:www.metrorio.com.br
Subtropical climate – hot summers and mild winters.
- Best time to go
All year round, although May to September is the best time to visit.
- Good to know
Rio de Janeiro has 159 different districts, known as 'bairros'.
- Nice to know
Rio de Janeiro translates as "January River".
The Aeroporto International do Rio de Janeiro/ Galeão-Antonio Carlos Jobim (GIG) is approximately 20 km north of the city centre.
A bus leaves from the airport to the city centre every 30 minutes. The journey lasts about 1 hour.
Yellow taxis take passengers from the terminal to the city centre or beaches.