Now we have said goodbye to The Olympics and handed over the Olympic flag to Rio, our attention turns to the capital of Brazil and its world famous carnival spirit.
Nicknamed by the locals as 'The Marvellous City', Rio De Janeiro is spectacular, sassy and simply unforgettable and now, as host to both the World Cup on 2014 and The Olympics in 2016, travel will certainly increase to this tropical city.
The outstretched arms of Christ The Redeemer are a welcoming embrace and the crescent sand beaches surrounding it are some of the finest in the world, especially Ipanema, where the beautiful people hang out. A must is, also to take a cable car up the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain and recommended to do, just before sunset as the city starts to come alive. Visitors should also visit one of the rainforest enclaves such as The Botanical Gardens or Tijuca National Park. And if it is culture that you’re looking for, there are endless museums, churches and galleries all within the cities historical heart. All this, to be seen to the beat of the Samba!
And of course there is some amazing areas close by. Iguassu Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Buzious a sophisticated haven for beach lovers and Salvador De Bahia, an area rich in colonial history.
There is no bad time to visit Rio. Feb-Dec is hot, busy and expensive (especially during the Carnival period). Apr to Sep is better, as it is slightly cooler and less busy.
Rio, can be seen done purely as a holiday in its own right or can form part of a cruise or escorted tour of Brazil or the rest of South America.
2 Special Offers I have found to give you an idea of cost:-
8 Nights Departing 10 Oct 2012 from Heathrow, taking in both Rio and Praia Do Forte from just £2454 per person. 5 Star All Inclusive Hotel in Praia.
12 Day Escorted South American Explorer Tour taking in Chile, Peru and Brazil for 2013 departures from £2899 per person.
Want to know more? Please contact me, Jill Wilson, your Macclesfield based Co-operative Personal Travel Advisor to find out more.