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Start the day in a daz­zlingly Rio way— stroll to the beach for a dip. Set­tle on the golden sand and soak up views of the is­land-dot­ted ocean as the car­i­o­cas, Rio’s for­tu­nate res­i­dents, come to life.


Slip on some com­fort­able shoes and take a cab down­town to Praça Mauá in the revamped Porto Mar­avilha district, where a fab­u­lous col­lec­tion of Brazil­ian and in­ter­na­tional art awaits at the Rio Art Mu­seum (MAR). On the other side of the square, jut­ting dra­mat­i­cally into Gua­n­abara Bay, is Span­ish ar­chi­tect San­ti­ago Cala­trava’s land­mark Mu­seum of To­mor­row. Its fas­ci­nat­ing ex­hibits and in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays pose questions on the themes of Cos­mos, Earth, An­thro­pocene, To­mor­rows, and Us.


Grab another cab and head to the neo­clas­si­cal Banco do Brasil Cul­tural Cen­tre (CCBB), which re­calls the history of Rio dur­ing its time as the na­tion’s cap­i­tal from 1763 un­til 1960, when the mod­ernist new city of Brasília took the man­tle. From there it’s an easy walk to Can­delária Church, a baroque 1775 struc­ture much in de­mand for the wed­dings of Rio’s great and good.


A 20-minute cab trip will get you to Su­gar­loaf Moun­tain, the per­fect spot for lunch. Ask the driver to drop you at the ca­ble car and ride up to Cota 200, the stun­ning new res­tau­rant on the first of the moun­tain’s two peaks. Be sure to make a reser­va­tion, which will al­low you to breeze past the queue for the ca­ble car. At Cota 200, ceil­ings soar over a cool, el­e­gant, white space, and the top­notch menu fea­tures gen­er­ous serves of dishes such as sun-cured grilled steak (pi­canha de sol) and duck ma­gret with jabu­ti­caba, a deep pur­ple, berry-like fruit.


With a reser­va­tion made well ahead— we’re talking days rather than hours—it’s off to Oro, the new­est and bright­est jewel in Rio’s gas­tro­nomic crown. Owned and run by chef Felipe Bronze, Oro started life else­where in the city but closed in mid-2015, with the new in­car­na­tion open­ing in April this year. From the molec­u­lar won­ders of the orig­i­nal Oro, Bronze has de­vel­oped a new, grill-based menu that’s just as so­phis­ti­cated, but cel­e­brates smoke, fire and glow­ing em­bers. Choose the full “Cre­ativ­ity” tast­ing menu and en­joy the stun­ning sur­round­ings.


Round off the day with cock­tails in the ur­ban-in­dus­trial set­ting of the bar Usina 47, just four blocks from Oro—or rev up for a long night out (Usina 47 has a spa­cious bar and dance­floor up­stairs).

From top: the mu­seum of To­mor­row is an ar­chi­tec­tural show­stop­per; Ipanema Beach; Cota 200 on the first peak of su­gar­loaf moun­tain is a dreamy lunch spot

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