Whether you want to dance all night, sunbathe all day, surf crashing waves, climb mountain peaks or just check the boxes on your 'world's iconic sights' checklist, Rio de Janeiro is your place.
Rio is home to some of the world's most instantly-recognisable postcard images, including the Christ statue - one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World - towering Sugar Loaf mountain, and the beautiful beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana.
Sports fans flock to the Maracana soccer stadium - formerly the largest in the world and now truly world class following an enormous revamp for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Adventurous souls are spoiled for choice - the rugged mountains and thick swathes of Atlantic rainforest provide ample opportunity for climbing, hiking, abseiling and even hanggliding, while the crashing ocean waves will keep surfers happy.
On the other hand, if you just want to relax, the tranquil gardens of Jardim Botanico and Parque Lage provide a welcome respite from the city swelter.
When it comes to celebrations, Rio knows how to party like no other place on Earth, and four-day frenzy of Carnival should not be missed by any partier worth their salt.
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