A city deserving of it’s nickname, ‘Ciudad Maravillosa’ (Marvelous City), outdoorsy types and city slickers alike quickly fall under the spell of Rio de Janeiro. The second largest city in Brazil, Rio’s sprawling metropolis is punctuated by mountain peaks, interspersed with jungle, and borders 23 stunning surf beaches. While the world-famous Copacabana Beach is home to teeny-tiny bikinis and fresh coconuts, the bohemian Santa Teresa streets are where all things quirky, artsy and cultural thrive. See the city from above with Christ the Redeemer at your side, take the funicular up to Sugar Loaf or play Icarus and paraglide. The only thing better than this city is its people. The Cariocas are friendly, forward and flamboyant by day and outrageous by night. When afternoons roll around, take a siesta, sip a caipirinha and get ready to samba like you have never samba’d before.
From mystical waterfalls to tranquil lakes, you’ll love a cheeky paddle at these watering holes.
Forget fairy tales, real life is where it’s at with these swoon-worthy sites on the agenda.
Accessible only by boat or strenuous hike, these hostels fall far beyond the typical tourist's radar.