From Ipanema to Copacabana, Christ the Redeemer to Carnaval, Rio is a lively, vibrant and naturally beautiful destination that’s also part UNESCO World Heritage Site. A premier city in South America for football (aka soccer), Rio is home to the iconic Maracana stadium, some of the best football clubs in the country and also hosted the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Despite it’s population (it’s the second largest city in Brazil), Rio has a stunning natural landscape that includes Tijuca Forest, Sugarloaf Mountain among its many beaches and more. This LGBT-friendly city has some of the best nightlife around aside from the annual Carnival antics so pack your bags and check out our top spots when visiting Rio.
Best Sandwiches at Cervantes
Best for Dinner at Zuka
Best Coffee at Confeitaria Colombo
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