For a perfect blend of breath-taking scenery, evocative street culture and massive sporting events, it’s hard to beat the delights of Rio de Janeiro. However, the Brazilian city is so big that it can be tough to fit everything in, so here’s a look at the top five things that you must check out on your glamorous trip to Rio de Janeiro!

Amazing scenery

One of the most striking things about Rio de Janeiro is the Sugarloaf Mountain that dominates the skyline over the Guanabara Bay. And a quick cable car ride up to the peak will reveal how the city is wonderfully situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the expansive Amazonian rainforest. And of course, no trip to Rio de Janeiro is complete without visiting the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue that offers further bewitching views of this magnificent city.

Fascinating music

Music is a massive part of Rio de Janeiro’s appeal with the evocative samba and bossa nova rhythms being heard on many street corners. And although the next Rio Carnival won’t take place until early 2017, you can still soak up this delightful music by visiting the fun and frivolous Lapa neighbourhood that will keep you dancing until the early hours!

Sporting excellence

Football is something of a national obsession for many Brazilians and Rio de Janeiro hosts many of its most renowned stadiums such as the jaw-dropping Macarenã Stadium. However, this summer sees the city being taken over by the Rio 16 Olympics, and you can follow all of the action by head over to and even taking a bet or two on this epic sporting contest!

Beautiful beaches

Another massive part of Rio de Janeiro’s appeal is its enviable selection of spectacular beaches. A mere mention of names like the Copacabana and Ipanema beaches will instantly conjure up images of the body beautiful and sublime golden sands and that reputation is definitely well-earned. These are wonderful places to take the family and also a good place to spot the future stars of the Brazilian footballing world as many fun games of football take place on the golden sands here.

Exploring the rainforest

And finally, as Rio de Janeiro is perched on the edge of the Amazon rainforest, it offers a great chance to explore this amazing natural habitat. Although it may not be for the faint of heart, a jeep tour of the Tijuca Rainforest shows that it’s not just betting on the Olympics and those samba rhythms that will get your heart racing on your fascinating trip to Rio de Janeiro!