The culinary scene in Rio de Janeiro has vastly improved over the years. Here are six of our editor-in-chief's favorite restaurants.
Travel advisor Victoria Wykoff adores Brazil, with it beaches, botecos and spontaneous parties. She came back from her third visit more in love than ever.
Enjoy this travel guide to Rio de Janeiro with tips, recommendations and ideas for where to eat, stay and shop.
With the culmination of the World Cup and the Olympics on Rio's horizon, the city is ramping up with a litany of new and renewed landmarks. Last year, the "City of the Arts" was freshly inaugurated to house the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra.
Until recently, the culinary scene in Rio was not highly regarded, the oft-repeated joke being that the only way to eat well was to catch a plane to Sao Paulo.
Located at the foot of the Corcovado and part of Tijuca National Park, Rio's Botanical Garden is among the finest in the world.
On a sunny day, there are times when Rio de Janeiro really does become the Cidade Maravilhosa, the "Marvelous City," a place where nature is resplendent, the climate is benign, and the people are startlingly beautiful.
Rio de Janeiro's most glamorous grand hotel, the Copacabana Palace, recently underwent a $20 million refurbishment program. This included the radical redesign of rooms in the landmark eight-story art deco building.
There is an irrepressible energy in South America drawing all eyes below the equator. Maybe it's the spark that comes from hosting both the World Cup and the Olympics, as Brazil will be doing in 2014 and 2016, respectively.