Destination: Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

At once both a cinematic cityscape and a grimy urban front line, Rio de Janeiro, known as the cidade maravilhosa (marvelous city), is nothing if not exhilarating. Flanked by gorgeous mountains, white-sand beaches and verdant rainforests fronting deep blue sea, Rio occupies one of the most spectacular settings of any metropolis in the world.

With all eyes on Brazil the next couple of years for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics now is the perfect time to visit.

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