Rio de Janeiro is one of the great cities of South America; according to the locals, God made the world in six days; the seventh he devoted to Rio. It has a gloriously theatrical backdrop of tumbling wooded mountains, stark expanses of bare rock, and a deep blue sea studded with craggy islands. From the statue of Christ the Redeemer set high on the hunchbacked peak of Corcovado or from the conical peak of Pao de Acucar (Sugar Loaf Mountain), we can experience a bird’s eye view of this wonderful city of 10 million inhabitants. Highlight of any year is being a part of the annual Rio Carnival, a time of hedonistic partying amongst the world’s most beautiful people. But if none of these events interest you and you need some excuse to visit then come here to enjoy the beaches.