An iconic holiday destination that is great for travellers and holiday makers.
Known to Brazilians as "Cidade
Maravilhosa" (The Wonderful City), Rio de Janeiro is always
brimming with colour, sound, rhythm, and joy, which make it
synonymous with Carnival, happiness, and beautiful people. Very few
places in the world match the hospitality and natural charm in
which Rio is perpetually swathed.
Squeezed into a narrow, astonishingly lovely zone between
rainforest clad cliffs and the sea, in what many have called the
world's most beautiful city setting, Rio de Janeiro pulses like an
artery. The famed emeralds, amethysts, and rubies of Rio shops are
just the beginning; all the colours of the world are here. The
thousand shades of Amazon green, the deep black of a businessman's
London- made suit, the lucid gold of afternoon sunlight, the gray
of granite monoliths, the blue of a tropical sea, the hundred
shades of tanned flesh. The primeval splendour of Rio's environs
lends the city an eternal youth-the arrogant flamboyance that lets
one dance too late and too seductively, talk to a stranger when you
don't really speak the language, and wander the streets knowing you
will end up somewhere exciting.
That somewhere is usually near the beach: Rio's 45 miles of white
sand beach encompass neighbourhoods familiar the world over.
Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon cuddle together like a clique of
celebrities, each brilliantly different. Rio de Janeiro's diverse
personalities often delight and astound, and never fail to
fascinate. During the day, the beach and cafe culture nonchalantly
transform the shoreline into the centre of the city. At night, the
clubs, restaurants, and dance halls, called forros, dominate. Part
of the nightlife's charm is its spontaneity. Be prepared to call
Rio is indisputably a city, with all the attendant traffic and
bustle. But the life that inspires the Rio driver to make three
lanes where there were only meant to be two also coaxes an
impromptu samba from tired legs and drives that most renowned of
all Rio events, Carnival. What colour Mother Nature hasn't already
supplied, the local Cariocas will invent. Nothing is spared for
this festival of senses.