As we wrap up a January that’s been colder in the U.S. than normal, we’re looking ahead to warmer days, or places where it’s presently summertime—like Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The saucy South American nation is also gearing up for its annual Carnaval, and we’re all about it.
Why envy it: Rio de Janeiro is known for many things: Carnaval, samba, beach volleyball, dental floss bikinis, stunning supermodels, football, street art—and all of that gives the city an energy unmatched elsewhere. Whether it’s one of its 37 beaches, Copacabana and Ipanema being two of the most beloved, or the sounds of samba and bossa nova streaming through the streets at night dances, or the creativity of those contributing arts, crafts and architecture to the city, there’s a lot to be inspired by in Rio. While there, take in the city from up high at the Christ the Redeemer statue that keeps watch over everything, practice your beach volleyball skills in a class at Copacabana, take in the sunset over caipirinha cocktails, and eat yourself silly at a churrascaria, or Brazilian steakhouse, where you’ll just keep being served deliciousness until you ask them to stop.
High Season: Carnaval time, or anytime, really.
Hotspots: Corcovado mountain and its Christ the Redeemer statue, Copacabana beach for some beach volleyball, Sugarloaf Mountain for panoramic vistas of the city.
Cool to-dos: Don a teeny bikini and head to Ipanema beach, catch some serious football at The Maracanã stadium, party in the streets dancing to samba for Carnaval.
Credit image: Rafa Bahiense