What to Do in Rio de Janeiro

Sugarloaf Mountain

More than 37 million travelers have soaked up the view of Rio de Janeiro from the Sugarloaf Cable Car, which takes tourists to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, 1,732 feet above the famed sands of Copacabana Beach (to the left of the image). Built in 1912, the cable car takes 65 riders at a time from Red Beach to Urca Hill, offering heart-stopping 360-degree views of such Rio icons as Ipanema Beach and Guanabara Bay.

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Rio's Best Beaches

Don Your Speedo, These Rio Beaches Await!

Ipanema Beach, Brazil

Ipanema has a long dictated beach chic to the rest of the world.

Copacabana, Brazil

Copacabana is often called the world's most famous beach.

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

Get an insider's perspective of what to do for Carnival in Rio.

Botafogo Bay

Soaring more than 1,700 feet into the air, the Sugarloaf Cable Car connects Praia Vermelha (Red Beach) to Sugarloaf Mountain via a 2-part cable car ride. More than 37 million people have ridden the 65-person glass-enclosed cars since their opening back in 1912; they’re some of the safest cable cars in the world. They’re also the best way to enjoy 360-degree views of some of Brazil’s best sights, including the famed Dedo de Deus (God’s Finger), Ipanema and downtown Rio.

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Vidigal Favela

Things are changing in Rio de Janeiro, just in time for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The favelas, once unsafe shantytowns, are being gentrified under a program called pacification. Vidigal, a trendy favela, was one of the first to be refurbished. Sporting views of Ipanema Bay, Vidigal cascades down a high, steep slope above the Atlantic Ocean. As wealthy investors snatch up and rejuvenate real estate in Videgal, young, local entrepreneurs open creative cafes, B & B hotels and shops. A new day dawns in Rio.

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Mount Corcovado

From the summit of Mt. Corcovado, he watches over all. He sees the sunbathers on the beach, the chaos of the favelas that encircle the city, the mottled blues of the sea and the festooned celebrants dancing in the streets during Carnival. Rio's iconic symbol, Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) stands 130 feet tall in Tijuaca Forest National Park. Most visitors reach this Art Deco masterpiece by cogwheel train. As Rio's most recognizable symbol, Cristo Redentor is also on the New 7 Wonders of the World bucket list.

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Catch the Beat in Rio

Everyday life in Rio de Janeiro seems to move to the beat of a samba.

Rio's Hidden Beach Beauty

Tony discovers a treasure of Rio -- a beach secluded from the crowds.


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