Travel | Wanderlust Wednesday: Rio de Janeiro

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There are few things more iconic than Rio de Janeiro’s incredible skyline. A beautiful bustling city right by the sea, it is looked over by the incredible Christ the Redeemer statue which sits on top of Mount Corcovado.

Home to the buzzing Carnaval festival, samba dancing and the must-visit Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, Rio is the perfect city for anyone who has a sense of adventure.

What to see in Rio de Janeiro?
Christ the Redeemer – You can’t visit Rio de Janeiro without paying a visit to the Christ the Redeemer statue. Completed in 1931, this incredible statue was named one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Pay a visit here and see the city of Rio de Janeiro in all its glory. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Jardim Botanico – Rio de Janeiro’s botanical garden is full of exotic plants, trees and animals. Spanning over 300 acres, you’ll find redwood trees and you might even be lucky enough to spot a monkey.

Escadaria Selarón – One of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, Escadaria Selarón is made up of the steps which lead up from Rua Joaquim Silva. Featuring 215 steps that were covered in mosaics by artist Jorge Selarón, this has become a popular place for pictures.

When to visit?
Carnaval takes place in late February/early March, so if you’re trying to avoid large crowds of tourists and hikes in accommodation prices, it’s best to visit during the months of June and July. With cooler nights and an average temperature of 25-30 degrees, it’s the perfect time to pay a visit.