Don't be ashamed to follow the tourist trail in Rio de Janeiro. Sights such as the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana should be at the top of any sun lover´s itinerary, while the legendary Christ Statue (officially one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World) and the towering form of Sugar Loaf are equally unmissable.
It is worth making the most of sunny days to tick off these must-sees, as the views are at their photogenic best in the sparkling sunshine.
Once you´ve seen the biggest of the sights, it´s time to check out some of Rio´s slightly less famous charms. Firstly, head up into the hills of Santa Teresa, where you will find steep cobbed streets, envy-inspiring colonial mansions and a wealth of bohemian bars and restaurants.
On hot days, the lovely Botanical Gardens offer much needed shade and a little respite from the hustle and bustle of the city, while nearby Parque Lage is home to a historic building with a backdrop so stunning that it has featured in videos from the likes of Snoop Dogg and the Black Eyed Peas.
Meanwhile, adventure seekers and nature lovers can find any number of outdoor activities in the vast Tijuca National Park - the largest swathe of urban jungle in the world - but be sure to go with a guide as it is all to easy to get lost.
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