The giant statue of Christ the Redeemer is an iconic Rio sight and a must-do excursion.
One thing that surprises me about Rio is the beautiful street art all over the city. Colourful paintings brighten up the grey walls of many of the crumbling neoclassical buildings.
Visiting a churrascaria – Brazilian barbecue – is a must when in Rio.
The Lapa nightlife district is a bustling area full of cafes and bars spilling onto the street.
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