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Rio de Janeiro

The Marvelous City

No city can match the natural beauty of Rio de Janeiro. The landscape of the Cidade Maravilhosa—the Marvelous City—undulates in conical peaks, curlicue bays and arcing beaches. The world's largest urban rainforest—over forty square miles—carpets Rio's rippled granite backdrop. At dusk, the sky glows purple and crimson over the South Atlantic.

This otherworldly setting captivated early European visitors, who founded the city at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain in the 16th century. Rio served as the capital of Brazil for nearly 200 years, and as the Portuguese Empire's seat from 1808 to 1815. Imperial elegance lingers in the city's historic churches, theaters, and palaces. The imperial city of Petropolis, home of the crown jewels, can be visited as a day trip from Rio.

Today, Rio is the capital of active lifestyle. Within city limits one can surf, scull, rock climb, and hang glide. At the best South Zone beaches—Leblon, Ipanema and Arpodor—the preferred pastimes are soccer, volleyball and paquera (flirting). Rio's sandy promenades are its social heart—the place to shed stress and melt into the friendly, forward culture.

The second largest city in Brazil, Rio is also known for its museums, restaurants, boutiques and night clubs. First-time visitors are surprised by the city's artistic, culinary, and rhythmic range.

Rio is warm year-round. Summers stretch from November to March with highs in the 80s. The cool season—highs in the 60s—extends from June to September. New Year's Eve and Carnival are the two most popular times to visit. During the New Year's celebration, revelers clad in white enjoy beachside concerts and fireworks. Carnival follows soon after; it falls on Ash Wednesday and marks the start of the Lenten season. Most hotels require a five to seven-day minimum stay for the New Year's Eve and Carnival booking seasons.

Rio is served by Galeão – Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport, positioned 12 miles from the city center and 15 miles from the southside beaches. Rio is also the logical base for trips to the beach-lined Buzios Peninsula and colonial port of Paraty. Many of our clients also extend their trips in Iguacu Falls, TrancosoFlorianopolis, or Ouro Preto.

Mosaico Travel Services arranges personalized travel in Brazil and throughout South America. We organize luxury accommodation, private transportation, and tours with expert guides. Speak with a Mosaico travel planner today at 801.582.2100. We’ll take care of the details.

"Following a pathway, I entered a noble forest, and from a height of five or six hundred feet, one of those splendid views was presented, which are so common on every side of Rio. At this elevation the landscape attains its most brilliant tint; and every form, every shade, so completely surpasses in magnificence all that the European has ever beheld in his own country, that he knows not how to express his feelings."

Charles Darwin