Images from Brazil’s Cidade Maravilhosa

Rio de Janeiro is one of the most famous cities in South America, and well deserved. The exuberance of it’s fourteen million strong population of music-loving street-partying inhabitants, combined with the city’s stunning setting amid the crisp beaches and azure waters of the Guanabara Bay, makes this vibrant city a unique place.

In Rio everything happens outside, and not only during the famous Carnival. The seemingly endless beaches Copacabana and Ipanema are the public playgrounds of the city, where everyone goes to play, relax, watch and be watched. When the sun finally sets in the shimmering sea, the night continues in restaurants, clubs and music halls on streets lined with an eclectic mix of colonial and modernist architecture.

But you haven’t really seen Rio until you’ve seen it from above, and as it happens the surrounding landscape offers fantastic views of the Cidade Maravilhosa. From the 710 meter peak of Corcovado, Rio’s true magic reveals itself in a magnificent panoramic view of a city of shimmering white buildings, covering the foothills of mountains and islands rimmed with white sand beaches.

Exciting and laid-back, rich and poor, beauty and decay all at the same time, Rio is a city of contrasts of every kind. Our visit was an impressive introduction to the continent, and one we wouldn’t mind repeating. Head over to the gallery and have a look at some pictures we took while we were there.

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