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Brazil: Rio de Janeiro

Of the world’s great iconic cities, Rio is the most captivating. Romantic and laid back but oozing energy and optimism, it needs a few days to explore and time to sit back and share the outdoor life of its welcoming inhabitants.

With streets, beaches and parks spruced up for the World Cup and Olympic Games, now is the best time to go. The busy colonial centre is transformed, with literary cafés spilling out on to car-free lanes, the National Theatre all a-glitter, and boutique hotels nestle in arty Santa Teresa.

The lagoon behind Ipanema beach is circled by a pretty path and cycle route and the Botanical Gardens have undergone a luscious makeover. Vibrant street art, beach football, spontaneous musical events and cool bars all add to a joyous experience for visitors.

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Rio deserves at least 3-4 days to do it justice. The main sights such as the Sugar Loaf and Corcovado are a must, but also consider wandering around the gradually-being-spruced-up downtown area, climbing to the top of the Fort at the Leme end of Copacabana beach, walking the nature/leisure trail around Morro da Uraca (the first stage of the Sugar Loaf) and an amble around Urca, the arty/villagey district at the foot of the Sugar Loaf on Botafogo Bay by the yacht club, and riding the cable car over the favelas at Bom Sucesso (it's safe).

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