If you only have the time (or the inclination) for one scenic overview of the city, do Corcovado's Cristo instead. But on sunny, clear days, the cable car ride...more
Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro's up-and-coming artists' quarter, is a quaint and charming—if slightly oddball—kind of paradise. It's a world away from...more
The most authentic samba schools in Rio are based in the favela slums. Dance students act as informal guides as they accompany tourists to the school building...more
Rio's lushness is no accident. Low-pressure weather troughs can linger for days, particularly in the southern winter, which lasts (roughly) from July through...more
The Mata Atlântica humid forest that once carpeted Brazil's coastline has been cleared from much of Rio itself, but the remaining fragments in the city's...more
The empty beaches and picturesque fishing villages of Niterói, on the eastern shore of Guanabara Bay, provide a pleasant step-down from Rio's pace. Three...more
Brazil's "naïve" artists, a radical, self-taught group, shimmy free of tiresome artistic rules and restraints, relying instead on earthy sentiment and...more
While Catholicism is the official religion in Brazil, futebol is a very close second. Brazilians follow their national, city, and local teams with avidity, and...more
Roughly behind the neighborhood of Ipanema lies this saltwater lake, usually just called Lagoa. Ringed by expensive apartment buildings and a 4.6-mile track for...more
Rio's botanical garden in Gávea is the oldest of its kind in South America. Founded in 1808 by King Dom João VI, it covers an impressive 338 acres of...more
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