Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, affectionately known as the “cidade maravilhosa” (marvellous city) is surrounded by spectacular mountains, beautiful white-sand beaches, verdant rainforests and deep blue sea occupying one of the most spectacular settings of any city in the world.

The world famous beaches such as the Copacabana and Ipanema heave with both the locals and tourists alike, while the Corcovado (where you will find the awe inspiring statue of Christ the Redeemer) and Pão de Açúca, offer stunning panoramic views of the city below.

This is a party city with bustling bars, clubs, open air cafes and dance halls that are frequented by the sexy locals while the more adventurous surf the great breaks off Prainha, hike through Tijuca`s rainforests, sail across Guanabára or  simply relax and people-watch on Ipanema Beach.

To find out the best time to visit South America and to speak to someone that knows the area please call Gina our South American luxury holiday specialist: 01923 289 100