Back in the 1930s, Rio de Janeiro was famously the playground of the world’s rich and famous. Sitting between the sparkling blue ocean and the cloud kissed mountains, Rio de Janeiro is one of the most stunning cities in the world. No visit to Rio de Janeiro is complete without paying homage to the Christ the Redeemer statue, high atop Corcovado Mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city from inland. Nevertheless, the beaches define Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana and Ipanema are the two most famous beaches, dazzling white sands and supremely inviting. The samba parade held to celebrate the Rio Carnival is undoubtedly the biggest attraction on earth, with visitors from around the world flocking to Rio for a week of dancing, singing, and partying. Whether it’s a visit to the famous Rio Carnival, or something rather less extravagant, there’s so much to see and do in Rio that it’s hard to choose how to spend your time!