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The Cidade Maravilhosa in glorious HD

The Cidade Maravilhosa in glorious HD

Making a stop-motion film that does Rio justice is no mean feat, but these guys have done it with knobs on! Brazil is going through a difficult time at the moment. The move to impeach president Dilma Rousseff is making international headlines; the economy is suffering a prolonged slump and there's doubt as to whether some of the infrastructure required to host the Olympic Games will be ready on time. But the fact remains that on August 5 2016 the eyes of the world will turn to Rio de Janeiro, the Cidade Maravilhosa or Marvelous City. The only way to truly experience Rio is to visit for yourself. But this incredible video from Brazilian film-making collective MOOV is the next best thing. Watch, enjoy and start making travel plans... Time of Rio - Copyright MOOV Films, 2013
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The 5 best views in South America

The 5 best views in South America

South America is a beautiful, varied and rugged continent which tugs at emotions and heartstrings like no other. Its landmass encompasses beaches, jungles, pampas and glaciers and its people live in everything from skyscrapers to adobe huts. There’s a Kodak moment around every corner in South America, so picking the 5 best views on the continent is sure to polarise opinion and elicit debate. We’re serious about South America and we know you are too, so here goes! Comments welcome… Pao de Acucar, Brazil Picture: Mark Goble We always knew at least one Rio de Janeiro view would make it onto this list, and we had a tricky time choosing between Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) and Pao de Acucar (Sugarloaf). The Sugarloaf is one of several granite monoliths which sprouts from the coastline of this iconic city, but it is definitely the most instantly recognisable. Its name was coined in the 16th century due to the mountain’s resemblance to the conical moulds sugar was pressed into …
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An Introduction to: Rio de Janeiro

An Introduction to: Rio de Janeiro

If you like your cities with white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and verdant mountains—with a few skyscrapers and wild festivals mixed in—Rio de Janeiro is the place for you. Fittingly nicknamed the Marvelous City, Rio is the #1 hotspot in Brazil, winning the right to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. Lapped by the Atlantic Ocean and sheltered by the island-speckled Guanabara Bay, Rio is famous for its vibrant mixing-pot culture and suntanned, beach-lounging inhabitants. The city has so many pristine beaches (45 miles of them!) that even the most dedicated traveler won’t be able to visit them all—but if you’re set on trying, we recommend starting in Ipanema, the city’s hippest district. Located in the city’s South Zone (Zona Sul), Ipanema wears its “Sexiest Beach in the World” title with pride; it usually leaves the rest of its clothes in closet. Locals and tourists alike mingle in barely-there bikinis, often with a drink in hand, admiring the stunning …
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Wednesday Wanderlust - Misty Corcovado

Wednesday Wanderlust - Misty Corcovado

Happy Wednesday Wanderlust! A perfect picture to prove you don’t need clear skies for magnificent views. Admire more photos of Rio de Janeiro on our Pinterest board, read more about the city in our blog posts, or visit Rio de Janeiro for yourself!
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Rio de Janeiro Video – City Time Lapse

Rio de Janeiro Video – City Time Lapse

Rio de Janeiro is one of our favorite cities. In addition to a myriad of activities, dining options, and a vibrant local culture, the city is simply beautiful. Rio’s natural charm is captured in this time lapse video. Read about attractions in Rio de Janeiro or browse our Rio de Janeiro tours.
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A Sweet Sight from Rio's Sugarloaf

A Sweet Sight from Rio's Sugarloaf

Marking the entrance to Guanabara Bay and the end of the ocean is the oddly shaped and immensely popular Sugarloaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar). This 1,300-foot tall monolith juts out on a peninsular peak, offering great views of the ocean shoreline and the city scape. Think of it as the natural Eiffel Tower of Brazil—everyone wants to go to the top, and once you get there the panorama is simply staggering. The journey up Sugarloaf Mountain is thrill all by itself. The main way to summit is via a two-stop glass cable car ride. The ride is short, lasting less than 10 minutes in total, but the suspended cars offer 360-degree views and give the odd sensation of riding on an escaped elevator. The first ride takes you from Red Beach (Praia Vermelha) up 722 feet to Urca Hill (Morro da Urca). The second half of this sky-high trip takes you to Sugarloaf Mountain, for a total journey of 4,593 feet bottom to top. The first car leaves at 8:10 a.m. and the last returns at 9:00 p.m. If possible, try …
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Turning 50: Rio's Girl from Ipanema

Turning 50: Rio's Girl from Ipanema

Rio’s classic bossa nova ballad “The Girl from Ipanema” turns 50 this month. Publically performed for the first time in August 1962 in a Copacabana nightclub, the tune that embodies Rio de Janeiro is the second-most recorded song in the world. The slow sway saunters you down the palm tree lanes of Rio de Janeiro, past Ipanema’s sandy perfection and through Copacabana’s carefree shores. The song both captures and was inspired by Rio’s blithe beaches and carefree ambiance. Composer Antonio Carlos Jobim and poet Vinicius de Moraes were drinking Brahma beer along Rio’s boardwalk when a muse walked by. It was 17-year-old Heloisa Eneida Menezes Paes Pinto, a Rio local with green eyes and long wavy dark hair. Known to friends as Helo, the Girl from Ipanema sang along to the song for years before discovering in 1965 that she motivated the two men to write the now world-wide hit. Helo become somewhat of a Brazilian celebrity, named a goodwill ambassador of her country and working in the acting …
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Wednesday Wanderlust - Rio Now a UNESCO Site

Wednesday Wanderlust - Rio Now a UNESCO Site

This Wednesday we feature Brazil’s stunning Rio de Janeiro. The vibrant city blends urban and natural landscapes to create a one-of-a-kind metropolis. Earlier this month Rio earned UNESCO World Heritage status for its marvelous mixture of lush mountain forests, sandy beaches, and outdoor-oriented city planning.
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Perfecting Relaxation in Paraty, Brazil

Perfecting Relaxation in Paraty, Brazil

Visiting Brazil is a rush. From the endless attractions of Rio de Janeiro, to the gushing jungle falls in Iguazu, and over 8,514,877 square kilometers to explore (Brazil is the world’s fifth largest country), it’s important to schedule some downtime during a Brazil vacation. And if you need to relax, Paraty is perfect. Paraty is a seaside colonial hideaway halfway between the Brazilian giants of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. A tiny and charming cobblestoned historic center serves world-class fare among whitewashed colonial buildings, while just steps away crayon-colored boats float in the harbor. Beyond them an inviting scattering of tropical islands dot the ocean like emeralds on a shimmering sapphire sheet. Over 300 regional beaches and 65 islands surround this UNESCO World Heritage Site, but the town itself is free from distractions. Lounging and leisurely strolling are the main in-town activities. I spent my time in Paraty perusing tempting boutiques like Sobral, a hand-made …
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Beachgoers in Brazil Save Stranded Dolphins

Beachgoers in Brazil Save Stranded Dolphins

A dramatic and inspiring video showing beachgoers in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state rescuing dozens of beached dolphins. We’re sure you’d all do the same!
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Hitting the Highlights in Rio de Janeiro

Hitting the Highlights in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is a temptress of a town. Forested mountains divide art deco buildings and white apartment blocks into surprisingly serene and navigable neighborhoods, while gleaming beaches punctuated by red umbrellas line the eastern edge. Throughout the city, the famous Christ Redeemer gazes down upon his domain of streets, sand, and soccer fields, his outstretched arms embracing them all. Complementing the utopian landscape, the lust for life Cariocas (Rio locals) exude along with gregarious and welcoming personalities is unparalleled. Altogether, the combination of spectacular scenery, vibrant culture, and a remarkably modern and efficient public transportation system makes Rio de Janeiro one of the most exciting, authentic, yet tourist-friendly cities in the world. It only took a day for me to fall in love with Rio. I arrived to the city after an over-night bus ride, expecting to be groggy and temperamental when faced with a lack of sleep and the challenges of traversing a …
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