Rio de Janeiro
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) setting in Rio exudes drama and romance. Laid-back yet exhilarating, Brazil is a beguiling place that offers honeymooners an experience that exceeds expectations. Along with the dynamic culture and fun-loving people, you’ll find great food and nightlife, beautiful resorts, wilderness adventure and tranquil seclusion.
Before You Go: Need-to-know info
Entry Requirements: Visa for US Citizens
Currency: Real (R$)
Flight Times: 12 hours from NY, 15 hours from LA
Getting Around: Subway, bus, or taxi
Rio de Janeiro At Its Best
Best Weather: The seasons are the opposite in Rio than they are in the US. From June to September, it’s technically winter there so you can save money on flights and hotels, but the weather is still balmy (July – August you can expect highs around 75°F ).
What to do
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 before Lent. The Rio carnival parade is filled with dancing, music, revelers, floats, and adornments from numerous local neighborhoods. If you happen to be in Rio on New Year’s Eve, the place to party is Copacabana Beach.
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). When you get hungry, try a traditional dish such as feijoada – a delicious stew made of black beans, a variety of meats, and veggies.
It’s not often that you can combine a city vacation with a trip to the beach, so take full advantage with a stop at world-famous Ipanema Beach, which is adjacent to Copacabana.
Find an Amazing View
Take a trip to the peak of Corcovado Mountain, atop of which stands the 125-foot-tall Christ the Redeemer statue. To avoid the large crowds, it’s better to visit the statue on weekdays rather than on the weekends when many locals pay a visit to this iconic landmark. For another spectacular vantage, ride a cable car up Sugar Loaf Mountain for a view over the entire city.