Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rio de Janeiro is a large Brazilian city situated on the South Atlantic Coast of South America. It is perhaps best known for its carnivals and the largest art deco statue in existence, the giant Christ the Redeemer Statue that is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. While there absorb the magnificent views and you will feel as though you are taking a walk in the clouds. The second famous peak in Rio, rising 300m above sea level, is the Sugarloaf. If possible, just before sunset, take the cable car made famous in the James Bond film Moonraker to its top and see Rio’s breathtaking landscape light up before you. It is also possible to view the sites by helicopter. Another landmark is the Maracana Stadium, one of the largest in the world.

The beaches in Rio de Janeiro are famous around the world. Say Copacabana and it sparks the imagination of most people, but there are many other delightful spots, such as Ipanema and Leblon, where you can have a swim or enjoy the local foods and trinkets of the many vendors. Additionally, after tasting the local cuisine, there is the Tijuca Forest, a very large yet restful place right within the urban area! There is so much more to be seen, such as the historic buildings from its early days and shops to be explored, but above all else absorb the happy and laidback culture.