RIO DE JANEIRO – WHERE COLOUR AND CHAOS COLLIDE
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.