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RIO DE JANEIRO – WHERE COLOUR AND CHAOS COL­LIDE

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Rio de Janeiro post Games.

It’s been al­most a year since the Olympics swept into Brazil’s sec­ond largest city, send­ing tourist fig­ures sky-high and set­ting the world’s gaze firmly on this South Amer­i­can hotspot. In­fra­struc­ture fail­ings aside, post-games Rio re­mains a vi­brant des­ti­na­tion, whether your pil­grim­age is spir­i­tual, fes­tive or sim­ply sun-seek­ing.

Ris­ing out of the wind­ing laneways and cob­ble­stoned streets of Rio’s bo­hemian cen­tre is Ho­tel Santa Teresa, a con­verted man­sion that sits on an old cof­fee plan­ta­tion. Don’t be fooled by the ho­tel’s his­toric roots – it comes with an In­sta­gram-wor­thy pool and L’oc­c­i­tane-branded spa.

Ar­guably one of the big­gest high­lights of the Brazil­ian cal­en­dar is Rio Car­ni­val – the wild five-day cel­e­bra­tion that will be­gin on Fe­bru­ary 24 in 2018. Dance along to the Samba Pa­rade street­side, dust off a Vene­tian mask for a ball or head down­town for one of the surg­ing lo­cal street par­ties.

Tick Christ the Redeemer off your bucket list by tak­ing a taxi over to Mount Cor­co­v­ado, fol­lowed by a trip in a cable car to Su­gar­loaf Moun­tain. In the evening, live out your Dirty Danc­ing fan­tasies at Rio Sce­nar­ium, a three-storey space in­ex­pli­ca­bly filled with both an­tiques and hordes of lo­cals try­ing out their samba moves.

HO­TEL SANTA TERESA san­tatere­sa­hotel­rio.com. Shop fo

The scenic SU­GAR­LOAF MOUN­TAIN cable car opens at 8am and costs ap­prox­i­mately $32; bond­inho.com.br.

RIO CAR­NI­VAL at least four to six months in ad­vance. Grand­stand ad­mis­sion to the main pa­rades starts at $90; rio-car­ni­val.net.

Or­der your body at the beau­ti­ful Belle Épo­quethemed cafe CONFEITARIA COLOMBO; confeitaria colombo. com.br.

En­try to RIO SCE­NAR­IUM from Tues­day to Thurs­day is only $14; riosce­nar­ium. art.br.

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