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 beach for people watching.

Instituto Moreira Salles

This splendid modernist house hosts noteworthy exhibits of nineteenth-century Brazilian art and photography.

Parque Nacional da Tijuca

With trails and a wealth of flora and fauna, this fine city park offers spectacular views of Rio.

Lapa nightlife

Samba, forró and other Brazilian rhythms pound out of the bars and nightclubs of this central Bohemian district.

Museu de Arte Contemporânea

One of Oscar Niemeyer’s most stunning creations; on a fine day, its views across the bay to Rio are dazzling.

Paraty

Among the prettiest and best-preserved colonial towns in Brazil, Paraty is also a great base to explore the Costa Verde’s islands and beaches.

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