Places in Brazil
Rio de Janeiro City
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.
Salvador da Bahia has an energy and unadorned beauty that few cities can match. Once the magnificent capital of Portugal’s great New World colony, Salvador is the country’s Afro-Brazilian jewel. Its brilliantly hued center is a living museum of 17th- and 18th-century architecture and gold-laden churches. More importantly, Salvador is the nexus of an incredible arts movement.
Africa meets South America in the staggeringly beautiful northeastern state of Bahia. The heady blend of two seemingly disparate cultures – classic Portuguese architecture and African drum beats, Catholic churches and Candomblé (Afro-Brazilian religion) – is unique, and for most travelers, truly intoxicating.
Tours and activities
Rio de Janeiro Carnival Parade Ticket with Optional Transport
Revel in the all-night excitement of Rio de Janeiro’s annual Carnival (Carnaval) parade, famous throughout Brazil – and the rest of the world – for its energetic samba dancers and flamboyant costumes! With a ticket to...
Tips and articles
Secret Rio: alternative experiences in the Marvelous City
Rio de Janeiro, the ‘Cidade Maravilhosa’ (Marvelous City), is a city true to its namesake...
Eat like a Carioca: Rio's best local food
Food is a treasured part of Carioca life...
Brazil's 3 tastiest treats: put a little history in your mouth
Brazilian restaurants outside of the country aren't often bastions of gourmet delight; the ubiquitous all-you-can-eat steakhouses usually set the gastronomic bar somewhere just above buffet...
Travel tips from Brazilian football insiders
Gearing up for your once-in-a-lifetime visit to Brazil this summer? Got your greedy hands on 2014 World Cup tickets? Already booked somewhere to stay? Sorted international and domestic flights? Now to the question of ...