Families heading to Rio de Janeiro can rest assured that the kids are unlikely to complain of boredom The thick jungle teems with monkeys and colorful birds; it's beach weather all year round, and the opportunity to ride cable cars, funicular railways and rattling street cars further adds to the kid-pleasing experience. While the city is not the world's best for baby-changing facilities and indoor play areas, children are welcome at most bars and restaurants in the city, and juice bars on every corner keep energy levels topped up in delicious fashion.
The beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema are giant sandy playgrounds, while the smaller, secluded Praia Vermelha is a popular spot for families with young children. The city's other legendary landmarks - Sugar Loaf mountain and the Christ Statue - are accessed by cable car and funicular railway respectively, making them hugely popular with adventurous kids.
Soccer lovers should be sure to catch a match at the mighty Maracana stadium - one of the world's most famous sports stadiums and the scene for many a legendary match.
Should rain put a dampener on outdoor play, there are child-friendly activities to be found at the many museums and cultural centers. The Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, located downtown, is our pick of a pretty impressive bunch and has free cinema screenings for kids at weekends.