One of the best attractions of Rio is its annual carnival. What is more heartening is that never mind if you miss the carnival, you can still enjoy yourself just as much, because Rio is “always up for a dance”. The epitome of glamour in the 1930’s and 40’s and the sultry rock ‘n’ roll sexiness of the 1960’s and 70’s, it is presently gearing up for the 2016 Olympic Games.
Rio has always been Brazil’s cultural and hedonistic hub, with arts spaces such as Movimento and the Bhering Factory and the Theatro Municipal complementing landmarks such as the Niterói Contemporary Art Museum. Balmy beaches set against granite and quartz morros vie for attention with the temptation of trudging deep into the wilderness barely 30 kms away with the Tijuca Forest Park, which boasts of flora and fauna at par with the Amazon forest.
An electrifying night life, be it at the Santa Teresa district or the lively Lapa district, you will find practically every restaurant whipping the most exotic cocktails with a delectable spread of sea food and not to miss, the dance floor! In between all the partying, do take the cable car ride to Sugar Loaf Mountain for a vantage view of Rio. The best time to visit is January to May which are bright and dry and the spring months of September and October. Carnival takes place during Lent.