Beaches, mountains, samba, and style: there’s a reason why Rio de Janeiro is nicknamed A Cidade Maravilhosa, or “The Marvelous City”. Nestled between steep, green mountains and crystal clear seas, travel to Rio de Janeiro is famous worldwide for its breathtaking landscapes and perfect location.

Rio de Janeiro is also one of the most important cultural and economic cities in Brazil, with a spontaneous and good-natured Carioca carefree spirit to boot. Many will recognize it from postcards, as it features some of the country’s most famous attractions. Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf Mountain) still rises up from the small peninsula at the entrance of Guanabara Bay like a concentrated sugar loaf. The Christ the Redeemer statue—the iconic emblem of the Rio—still stands perched atop Corcovado Mountain, inviting sweeping views of the entire cityscape. And the immortalized sands of Copacabana and Ipanema beaches continue to hog the spotlight with their idyllic past times and flocks of superstars.

When you travel to Rio de Janeiro, the possibilities seem endless. Visitors can while away the hours on some of the most pristine beaches in the world among some of the most fashionable characters in South America. They can spend time enjoying the finest in shopping, dining, and entertainment the country has to offer. Or, they can set out sightseeing by foot, bicycle, and far, exploring the hills of Leblon and the arts scene of Santa Teresa, only to ascend the lofty heights of Sugar Loaf Mountain or Corcovado for some of the most stunning sunset vantage points on the planet.

No matter the interest, Rio de Janeiro serves as an ideal starting or ending point for any luxury Brazil travel itinerary, providing the perfect base from which to experience the history and charm of Brazil, whether you fancy adventure in the Amazon or a beach holiday along the beautiful Atlantic coast.

Feel free to peruse some of Ker & Downey’s sample experiences and properties in Rio de Janeiro, and contact your Ker & Downey travel expert to begin planning your own unique luxury Brazil travel experience.