Aside from its spectacular beaches, thrilling nightlife, and stunning landscape, Rio de Janeiro is also known as one of South America’s most gay-friendly destinations. Known for a laissez-faire attitude towards sexuality, especially during raucous events like Carnival, Rio is fabled for its cruisy hotspots and sensual atmosphere. Between its enormous Pride celebration, its salacious gay […]
One of the most iconic pieces of music ever written is forever associated with the Marvellous City, Rio de Janeiro: “The Girl from Ipanema.” You know the one: Tall and tan and young and lovely The girl from Ipanema goes walking And when she passes, each one she passes Goes “Aaaaaah!” Written by Brazilian poet […]
Succulent and satisfying, feijoada is Brazil’s world-famous dish. The hearty stew, made with black beans (called feijão), thick cuts of salted beef or pork meats (including offal), and sometimes cachaça (sugar cane hard-liquor) for an extra kick, is served with rice, bitter kale greens, juicy orange wedges, and dried manioc ground to a powdery finish. […]
Christmastime in Brazil happens at the height of summer, and from sizzling beaches to one-of-a-kind shopping to holiday parties, there is no place hotter than Rio de Janeiro to celebrate the season. This year, the Marvellous City boasts the world’s largest floating Christmas tree, perched atop Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas and standing the equivalent of […]
In-the-know visitors to Rio de Janeiro often venture into the more central districts when they want a bohemian afternoon of alfresco dining in Santa Teresa or a night of samba-fueled debauchery in Lapa. But between all-day beach bumming and adventure sports in the area, it’s easy to forget that downtown Rio — called Centro — offers a mix of history and culture that can only be found in what was once the only imperial European capital in the Americas. Here are a few treasures.
While the charms of Rio de Janeiro often keep visitors anchored to its famous beaches and samba clubs, one of the best ways to discover the Marvelous City is from the water. Between the boisterous surf of the South Atlantic and the stillness of vast Guanabara Bay, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the coastal ambiance, discover nearby beaches, and see the many sides of Rio and the surrounding landscape.
Yes, Ipanema and Copacabana might be the better-known of Rio de Janeiro’s beach-side districts, but Barra da Tijuca – on the western edge of Zona Sul – is making a name for itself on the tourist circuit. With the headquarters of the 2016 Olympic Games, plus two major Brazilian TV networks based in the neighborhood, the area has sprouted a quickly diversifying shopping and dining scene that has silenced the disparaging remarks about Barra being a bad copy of Miami. Oh, there’s also that incredibly long, clean, tranquil beach – with excellent surf – that beckons even some of the die-hard Ipanemans when that beach gets a little too crowded.
Rio de Janeiro, known as the ‘marvellous city’ and the most popular of Brazilian destinations, is also a city of contrasts. The city’s favelas – translatable into English as slums, shanty towns or ghettos – sit on hilltops overlooking the most expensive real estate in South America.
Rio de Janeiro is known the world over for Carnival, Reveillon (New Year’s Eve), and all-night samba shindigs, but the nightclub scene in the city is picking up steam, even giving its rival and nightlife powerhouse, São Paulo, a run for its money. New hotspots vie for recognition alongside established names on the scene, which mostly serves up electronic dance music to inebriated crowds.