Rio de Janeiro
This bairro (district) to the south of the city is now a symbol of the 20th century, followed by the white sands of Ipanema. Here you'll find beautiful shops to indulge in some luxury, while at Leblon beach the pace and lifestyle is decidedly calmer. To understand how much samba is part of the cultural fabric of Brazil, during your cruise to Rio de Janeiro you must visit the Sambodromo, the boulevard lined with stands where every year thousands of spectators follow the carnival parade. Your trip to Rio de Janeiro also takes you to the typical Santa Teresa district. A little way up the hill is a lively bairro, coloured by the murals and ateliers that occupy many of the art deco palaces. A walk through its alleys will offer some breath-taking views of the famous Sugarloaf Mountain that overlooks Rio. Among the many memories of your cruise to Rio de Janeiro the one that will stand out is the imposing 38-metre high statue of Christ the Redeemer located at the top of Mount Corcovado, in the Tijuca National Park. You get there by train from Cosme Velho, a neo-colonial district of pastel-coloured houses. The Portuguese heritage is also seen in the botanical garden, the perfect place for a relaxing break during your South American trip to Rio de Janeiro.
Not to miss during your trip to Rio de Janeiro:
• Statue of Christ the Redeemer
• Sugar Loaf Mountain
• Copacabana beach