Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
There are few cities you can travel to that have a more stunning natural landscape than Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. With mountains on one side, the ocean on the other and even a patch of rain forest called Tijuca Forest, the exotic setting in Rio exudes drama and romance.
Before You Go: Need-to-know info
Entry requirements: Australian citizens need a visa to enter Brazil. For more info go to brazil.org.au
Currency: Real (R$)
Flight times: Approximately 28 hours from Sydney and Perth
Getting around: Train, bus and taxi
When To Go: Rio de Janeiro at its best
Best weather: From June to September it’s winter so you can save money on flights and hotels, but the weather is still balmy so expect hot summer nights nonetheless.
What To Do
Find an amazing view: Take a trip to the peak of Corcovado Mountain, atop of which stands the famous Christ the Redeemer statue. For another spectacular vantage, ride a cable car up Sugar Loaf Mountain for a view over the entire city.
Celebrate Carnival: There’s perhaps no vision of Rio more vivid than the sparkling costumes, elaborate floats and packed streets of Carnival. Try to plan your getaway for this famous festival, which takes place each year in February. If you happen to be in Rio on New Year’s Eve the place to party is Copacabana Beach.
Try a traditional dish: Order a bowl of feijoada, a stew made of black beans, meats and veggies.
Stroll along Copacabana: The sidewalk that lines one of the world’s most famous beaches is just as memorable as the sand. Walk along the wavy mosaic of tiles in the sidewalk and stop in one of the many bars that line the promenade for a traditional Caipirinha (a cocktail made with Cachaça, sugar and lime).
Hit the beach: It’s not often that you can combine a city honeymoon with a trip to the beach, so take full advantage with a stop at Ipanema Beach which is adjacent to Copacabana.