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Travel Tuesdays: Rio de Janeiro

If you’re in search of warm weather, a great adventure or you’ve just heard of the famous Carnival festival- Rio is the place to be. We do recommend researching the weather before planning your trip, since this location is on the other side of the equator, meaning their winter falls during our summer here in North America.

Even if you aren’t religious, this is a great landmark to see. It's named one of the Seven Wonders of the World (in line with the Great Wall of China and the Great Barrier Reef), so you should absolutely make a point to see this landmark on your journey to Rio. This statue of Jesus Christ stands with arms outstretched to the city in the Corcovado Mountainès, at a staggering 2,330-foot elevation, as a symbol of Brazilian peoples' warm and welcoming culture.

Anyone who craves an outdoor adventure will love this rainforest. Boasting over 8,300 acres, Tijuca National Park is the largest urban rainforest on the planet, with varied terrains, waterfalls, over 1,600 plant species, and more than 350 species of mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles.

The park is divided into three different areas (the forest, the Carioca Range, and Pedra Bonita & Gávea) and offers an extensive range of activities for visitors to enjoy. The Forest sector is most popular for hiking and picnic areas, while Carioca Hill is best known for its statue of Christ the Redeemer. Pedra Bonita and Gávea is the best destination for adventure seekers with hang gliding and rock climbing.

Visitors take a cable car up to the top of Sugarloaf, and from the glass of the tram you are able to see a phenomenal view of the city below. Sugarloaf mountain stands high above Rio’s busy metropolis at 1,299 feet and cascades over the picturesque Guanabara Bay.

One of the most popular beaches in Rio, Copacabana Beach is a public beach located in the heart of the luxurious Zona Sul neighborhood. The beach is marked by lifeguard stands that offer changing rooms and restrooms (for a small fee), and runs 2.5 miles where you will find a peninsula that houses the Historical Museum of the Army and Copacabana Fort.

The greatest show on earth, and undoubtedly one of the best times to be in Rio is during the annual Carnival! It signifies the start of Lent and is celebrated by people from all over the world (even if you do not believe in the same religion, or are religious at all). People have dance performances, dress up in lavish costumes, eat traditional Brazillian food, and celebrate Afro and Brazillian culture!

Other than swimming, there are also authentic Brazillian eats, lavish accommodations and the beautiful Avenida Atlantica sideway made of mosaic tiles.

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