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Sun, Beach and a Pinch of Sugar

If you’re in search of joie de vivre, consider Rio de Janeiro. Located in a tropical climate with year-round mild temperatures, the ambience in Rio is warm and upbeat - and not just during the glitzy Carnival season. Brazil’s second-largest city has plenty of sights and attractions to offer.

Best known for its sandy beach that stretches for 2.5 miles, Copacabana is arguably Rio’s most famous neighbourhood. Sports, toned bodies and joie de vivre are the name of the game here. This is where Rio’s residents, clad in their “national dress” (bikini and bathing trunks), play the country’s national sport (soccer) while spectators stand by sipping Brazil’s national cocktail (Caipirinha) from plastic cups. For those who prefer a slice of tranquillity, there is the beach in the slightly more upscale neighbourhood of Ipanema to enjoy. “Like a samba that swings so cool and sways so gently” is a line from the famous song “Girl from Ipanema” which could also be used to describe Ipanema beach.

Quick facts Rio de Janeiro

Flight time

12:00 h

Distance

9382 km

Time difference

- 5 hours CET
Ø Temperature in March
29 °C

Exchange rate

CHF
1.00
=
BRL
3.14
Airport transfer & car rental

Language

Portuguese

A cup of cappuccino costs around

CHF 1.41

Christ the Redeemer watching over the hustle and bustle of the city

The Christ the Redeemer statue at the summit of Mount Corcovado towers majestically above the throbbing city. The statue stands almost 30 metres tall and sits on an eight-metre high pedestal that houses a chapel. Mount Corcovado and Sugarloaf Mountain situated across from it can both be reached by cable car. Made of granite stone, the Sugarloaf rises 395 metres high and is located at the mouth of Guanbara Bay on a peninsula that protrudes into the Atlantic Ocean.

Starting point for Brazil round trips

Rio is not just a holiday destination in its own right but also a starting point for round trips in Brazil or South America. There is so much to discover, including the Amazon rainforest and cities like the heritage-protected town of Paraty or Salvador da Bahia with its African influence. The more time you spend stocking up on Brazilian joie de vivre, the more you will take home from your travels!

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