Corcovado : Crowned by the all-embracing statue of Christ the Redeemer, “Hunchback” mountain was recently voted one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World.
Pão de Açúcar : One of Rio’s most instantly recognizable icons is this monumental chunk of sugar loaf–shaped granite rising out of the Baía de Guanabara.
Copacabana Beach : Urban beaches don’t get any more dazzling than this gorgeous arc of sugary fine sand that is a microcosm unto itself.
Ipanema and Leblon : More than just fabulous beaches, these two adjacent neighborhoods are the eternal epitome of Carioca cool, with shady streets, bars, boutiques, restaurants, and a bossa nova vibe.
Carnaval : Samba the day and night away for five days at Rio’s spectacularly hedonistic festa to end all festas.
Floresta da Tijuca : Brazil’s largest urban park, Floresta da Tijuca, is a lush green oasis of native Atlantic forest that is perfect for a refreshing getaway.
Museu Imperial : The former summer residence of Dom Pedro II, located in Petrópolis, offers a glimpse into the life of an emperor in the tropics.
Búzios : Brazil’s version of St. Tropez is a tropical chic playground with sophisticated amenities, a celebrated nightlife, and beaches for every taste under the sun.
Ilha Grande : The largest of the many islands in the Bay of Angra dos Reis, Ilha Grande is an island paradise that captures the essence and ethos of “back-to-nature.”
Paraty : One of the most charming and best preserved Portuguese colonial towns in Brazil is surrounded by breathtaking mountains and idyllic beaches.