Located in south-eastern Brazil and famous for its flamboyant annual Rio carnival, the state capital of Rio de Janeiro is one of the country’s most popular cities and is rich in culture and natural beauty. Well-equipped resorts line golden sandy beaches, where days of relaxation or water sports await. Copacabana is perhaps the most popular beach resort in Rio and it is awash with the rich and famous.

Many popular attractions in the region are easy to reach from Rio de Janeiro Airport (GIG) and include Corcovado Mountain, at the top of which stands a giant statue of Jesus known as ‘Christ the Redeemer‘. Also notable is Rio’s Catedral Metropolitana, with its magnificent stained glass windows, and the Museu Nacional de Bellas Artes, where over 800 pieces of original artwork are displayed.

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