How about running away from the northern hemisphere chilling temperatures and embrace the tropical warmth from South America?

 
Affectionately known as Cidade Maravilhosa – the Marvellous City – Rio de Janeiro will not disappoint. Whatever your expectations, Rio de Janeiro is more beautiful, breathtaking and vibrant than any words or photos can do justice. We all plan our obligatory stops at big tourist attractions such as the Corcovado and Sugarloaf Mountain, but here is an insider list of amazing places to visit in Rio de Janeiro, this beautiful city in Brazil.
 

 

STAY

Quinta Azul
In this boho chic-style accommodation, you will stumble upon an amazing colonial building with designer touches in all directions. Situaded in Santa Teresa hills, the place surrounded by lush green woodlands with breathtaking views of the city.
 
Fasano Hotel
Fasano is one of the most famous hotels in Rio, designed by the renowned architech Philippe Starck at the Ipanema's shore. From the infinite swimming pool you can admire the Corcovado, the Two Brothers Hill and the Arpoador. The archtechtural struture was based on the Bossa nova and the Hotel also counts with a spa center, fitness center and access to the beach.
 
 

EAT

Fogo de Chao
Ever heard about the famous brazilian barbacue known as "churrasco"? In this popular steakhouse, with various branches around the world, you can delight your taste buds with the amazing meat and your eyes with the beautiful view of Botafogo's bay and the Sugarloaf Mountain.
 
Aconchego Carioca
The restaurant's unpretentious dining room, decorated with Brazilian motifs, is enhanced by a pleasant terrace. The cuisine is traditional Brazilian, with influences from Rio and the northeast of the country, and can be accompanied by one of the 80 beers the restaurant has to offer. It's most known dish is the feijoada fritter, a traditional brazilian black bean dish.
 
 

RELAX

Barra da Tijuca Woods
Situated in Barra da Tijuca, the park is the most visited ecological reserve in Rio. It has a series of activities for any kind of age and taste, from volleyball courts to picnic areas, playgrounds for kids, football fields and running tracks. The park get extra beauty points for its lake, you also can admire the marmorsets and birds that live within as well some endangered flower species.
 
Paulo Coutinho Track
Also known as Bem-te-vi way and Costão road – have the entrance on the end of Praia vermelha beach and have 1,25km of extension. During the route, the visitant surrounded by the sea of a side and for the Urca hill green on the other side, where you can observe native trees like pau-Brasil and figueiras. Wild animals also can be seen with frequency like marmosets and Tiê-sangue birds, Mata Atlância symbol. The place is essential to walk, knowing it’s prohibited to use bikes, skate and roller skates.
 

 

VISIT

Santa Tereza
Located in the Morro do Desterro, that in the 18th century served as an escape route for slaves, the neighborhood of Santa Tereza is one of the most bohemian and charming neighbourhoods of the city. With extensive cultural events, bars and restaurants the place is a must-visit.
 
MAC
The Museum of Contemporary Art of Niterói, designed by Oscar Niemeyer. The museum has become one of the landmarks of the renowned architect's work. This iconic saucer-shaped structure, situated on a cliffside above Guanabara bay in the city of Niterói, brilliantly frames the panoramic views of the city of Rio De Janeiro and encapsulates the simple, yet brilliant signature aesthetic of Niemeyer.
 
 

PARTY

Rio Scenarium
Three floors of a mix between an antiquary and a pub, Rio Scenarium embraces the brazilian culture in each corner. The furniture from different historic periods, gives the house the perfect setting for playing the most popular Brazilian music such as Forró, Gafieira and Samba.
 
Nuth Lounge
A gorgeous tropical-themed club-bar, with a huge terrace overflowing with palms and plants giving a unique jungle feel. Perfect for sipping Caipirinhas while listening to samba and Latin house music.