Rio's residents call their home the Cidade Marvilhosa – and there can’t be much argument about that. The city is home to some of the greatest landmarks in the world, from the Corcovado mountain, supporting the great statue of Christ the Redeemer, to the famous sweeps of Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. With the World Cup well and truly underway in Brazil, there's never been a better time to plan a visit. Taken from the brand new Rough Guides Snapshot Rio de Janeiro, here are eight of the city's highlights:
The Corcovado: Its giant statue of Christ with outstretched arms is Rio’s most famous image and it has the best views across the city.
Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Glória do Outeiro: One of the smallest of Rio’s colonial churches, but certainly the most beautiful.
Ipanema beach: The city’s best beach for people watching.
Parque Nacional da Tijuca: With a variety of trails and a wealth of flora and fauna, this fine city park offers spectacular views of Rio.