A Picture of Dan Bond, the maker of the Rio Vibe

By Dan Bond

Welcome to The Rio Vibe, a tourist guide to the stunning city of Rio de Janeiro. Made by myself, an English expat, permanently living here and a whole host of other local contributors, best known here as Cariocas!

I've lost count of the amount of times I've spoken to tourists here in Rio who literally have no idea what there is to see and do, and especially how to do it. We want to give you a real personal touch, a helping hand and get you ready for the trip of a lifetime. Travel to Rio knowing the best places to stay, find the best beaches, top treks and much more. Why not get started and find out how to get to the top of Corcovado Mountain to see one of the 7 Wonders of the world - the Christ the Redeemer statue, up close and personal.

Start getting excited and planning your trip to the Marvellous city!

Known as the Marvellous city (Cidade Maravilhosa), Rio de Janeiro really cannot fail to impress. The second largest city in Brazil is a city like no other, boasting an eclectic mix of pristine beaches, mountains, wildlife, national parks, culture and stunning scenery, all topped off the wonderful fun loving, samba vibe. Tourists from around the world come and enjoy the year round good weather, but it's during the world famous Carnaval - with its energetic samba dancers and flamboyant costumes - the whole city really comes to life. All this without even mentioning the amazing New Years Eve Celebrations, attracting millions of visitors to the beach for live music and an incredible firework display launched from boats in the sea.

Ipanema beach, a tourists favourite and kids from Rio enjoying their day

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