Copacabana, Ipanema, Maracana - welcome to Rio, Brazil and South America’s most exciting city! The very name evokes the rhythm of Samba and Bossa Nova against the iconic backdrop of the Sugar Loaf and the statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain. Wander down Copacabana with a caipirinha in hand and enjoy a game of beach football; head to Tijuca, the largest national park within city limits or even visit a Samba club and dance the night away, Carioca style. No other South American city quite epitomises its country like Rio, a city that buzzes with energy and oozes self-confidence. Little wonder the city explodes each February into a hedonistic riot of colour and music during the Rio Carnival, one of South America’s true must-see events.