Explore dazzling skylines & non-stop samba nights in Rio de Janeiro

Brazil’s most famous city mixes golden coastlines, sprawling jungle, mountainous skylines and a diverse metropolis like no other in the world. By Sarah Brown Rio is a city incomparable to others. It’s edged by a world-famous coastline that ranges from the bustling beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema to the wild, untouched shores in the west. It’s a huge metropolis with a population of over six million, yet its size easily goes unnoticed thanks to the hilly skyline that separates neighbourhoods a

New threats facing Ireland’s seals

To the untrained eye, a grey seal and a common seal may look the same, yet there are key differences. Grey seals are huge. Males can weigh up to 300kg and grow to 2.5 metres long, whereas common seals are almost a third of the size. Grey seal pups are distinctly covered in white fur. Common seal pups, on the other hand, are born with a brown, waterproof coat, making them instantly adapted to swim. The easiest way to tell them apart is through their faces. “The common seals have more of a smushed

The Endangered Cow Being Saved by Cheese

The herd of Pantaneiro cows wade through the flooded plain, before stopping to graze on a patch of lush vegetation. Their coats range from light cream to a deep chocolate. Some have deep claw marks on their flanks, yet their long, curved horns help ensure jaguar attacks result only in scars. These Pantaneiros (sometimes known as tucura or jofreano) form part of the 50-strong herd belonging to Marcus Ruiz, a farmer and breeder in the vast tropical wetland of Pantanal, which stretches over Brazil,

Brazil's Music Scene Goes Gender Fluid

When Pabllo Vittar, a striking blond drag queen–cum–pop star, went on the Brazilian TV show Fantástico in August last year to say she likes to be both a woman and a man, she was proudly proclaiming a gender identity that is often the target of violence, even murder. The latest figures show that, in 2017, 445 LGBTQ people were killed in Brazil in homophobic attacks, up 30 percent from 343 in 2016. But Vittar is confident she’s finding acceptance. And there is growing evidence that she’s part of a

Meet the Man Saving the Amazon’s Endangered Pink River Dolphins

To get more background about the pink dolphins, Culture Trip spoke with Vera da Silva, a researcher at INPA, the National Institute of Amazonian Research. Da Silva explained how the threat to the botos vermelhos, or river dolphins, began when fishermen would accidentally catch them in their nets as both the fishermen and the dolphins were after the same resource—a catfish known as capaz. However, as the fisheries became increasingly depleted, the fishermen started hunting a new fish—piracatinga—

The 17 best rooftop bars in the world

Okay, so rooftop bars have never not been popular – but nowadays it’s easier than ever to find a spot for #drinkswithviews shots and soak up a sunset with your Spritz. So how do you find somewhere that’s worth the hype and the money, where jaw-dropping views are matched with strong drinks and good vibes? That’s where the experts come in. We’ve tapped up local Time Out editors and well-travelled contributors to assemble our definitive list of the world’s best rooftop bars.

How to Live Like It's Carnival All Year Round

Carnival gives Rio de Janeiro its party reputation. Yet this carefree week of extravagant floats and skintight leotards stems from a year’s worth of effort behind the scenes — work that’s done by dozens of groups whose membership is based on who you know and whose followers are as fiercely loyal as supporters of a sports team. “Throughout the year, we don’t stop,” says Alex Coutinho. He’s a choreographer of the samba dancers at Paraíso do Tuiuti samba school. Rio has more than 100 samba schools

Practice Makes Parades

It’s a balmy November evening in Andaraí, a neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro’s North Zone not far from the iconic Maracanã soccer stadium, and the crowd outside the Salgueiro samba school is anxious. Lines of visitors spill out onto the narrow one-way street, some tapping out samba moves, others buying cold beer from the entrepreneurial vendors who mill about. When the doors open, the mass of people pours into a vast rehearsal room that’s decked out in the school’s colors, red and white.

30 of Brazil’s Most Amazing Natural Wonders

For a step into the truly great outdoors, it doesn't get much better than Brazil's diverse wonderland of incredible natural attractions. Ask any nature lover to list their favorite natural wonders, and the result will be as varied as the destinations themselves. Whereas every country in the world has its own unique gift from mother nature, Brazil is one of the few that can confidently boast its ability to satisfy practically any whim when it comes to natural attractions. From vast deserts to fe


With world-famous shores, such as Copacabana and Ipanema, sunny beach days in Rio de Janeiro are inevitable. Yet Brazil’s cultural metropolis offers so much more. Think incredible views from the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue and Sugarloaf Mountain or watching the Carnival rehearsals at Rio’s best samba schools. Visit the Atlantic Forest, the world’s largest urban woodland, for unforgettable hiking and refreshing dips in waterfalls before slipping back into the bustling city life for long nights of wining, dining and live music.

How You Can Still Enjoy Brazil's Incredible History in Rio

Brazil is a country steeped in rich culture and history dating back more than 10,000 years. The National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, also the former home of the Portuguese royal family, was reduced to a blackened shell on Sept. 2 in a devastating fire. The museum, which celebrated its 200th anniversary in June this year, was the oldest scientific institute in the country and housed around 20 million historical artifacts relating to the history of Brazil and the world. An estimated 90 percent of th

The 50 coolest neighbourhoods in the world

No one wants to feel like a tourist these days. Savvy travellers want to live like locals, and that means looking beyond the sights and finding the coolest neighbourhoods to stay, eat, drink and hang out in. But what gives an area that indefinable cool factor? That’s what we asked ourselves when we started to rank the areas that should be on everyone’s travel bucket list right now. And since Time Out is 50 this year, we decided to go big and find the 50 coolest neighbourhoods in the world. To h

Brazil's Women Cycle to Battle Street Sexism

When Vivian da Silva Garelli Machado from Niterói, a city in southeast Brazil, meets her female friends to cycle each week, it’s more than just a bike ride with like-minded people. It’s a way of mapping safe routes in a city not made for cyclists. It’s also a way of sharing experiences of sexual harassment. It’s a “form of empowering our bodies, our destinies and our lives,” she says. Machado is part of an all-female cycle group called Pedal Maravilha that brings women together, while also deep

The great escape from Rio

Paquetá, BRAZIL — The port drifts into the horizon and the city centre’s office blocks are replaced by a skyline of distant mountain ranges framing the steel-blue sea. I’d joined the weekday commuters on the one-hour boat trip from Rio de Janeiro’s downtown harbour to the island of Paquetá. What seems like a world of its own, Paquetá is, in fact, a neighbourhood in Rio located in a far-away point in Guanabara Bay. It’s a pocket of peace and calm against the complex and bustling metropolis it’s a

Brazil’s 11 Best Islands, From Ilha Grande to Fernando de Noronha

Lying 93 miles off the coast of São Paulo, Ilha da Queimada is one of the most isolated islands in the country. With a rocky terrain and impenetrable vegetation, its 106 acres are deserted except for its most famous resident: Bothrops insularis, or the golden lancehead pit viper. The entire global population of this venomous snake exists only on Ilha da Queimada, and the rare reptiles survive by feasting on the migratory birds that pause there during their long migrations. How this snake got her

The Best Hikes in Ireland: The Kerry Way, The Burren, and 9 More

Stand on the holiest mountain in Ireland The 7-km (4.3-mile) trail, which winds up Croagh Patrick, is an important site of pilgrimage in County Mayo. On the last Sunday of July, called Reek Sunday, thousands of people march up the well-trodden paths to the summit in honor of Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick. Throughout the rest of the year, the trail is a lot less crowded and enjoyed by those who want to take in the views of the 365 islands scattered across the Clew Bay below. The mountain i

How Ballet Is Inspiring Education and Activism in Rio de Janeiro

How Ballet Is Inspiring Education and Activism in Rio de Janeiro Daiana Ferreira de Oliveira is a ballet instructor in Manguinhos, a favela in the north of Rio. For her, ballet provides an escape from the challenges of living in the city and offers hope for her growing group of eager and talented students. The Manguinhos complex is a medley of favelas in the north of Rio de Janeiro and a place that has seen more than its fair share of the city’s problems. The social disparity is evident in thi

The 20 best things to do in São Paulo

Though the city is known as Brazil’s financial hub and a serious "concrete jungle," these labels don’t capture just how cosmopolitan and fascinating São Paulo can be. Its enormous size means that this isn't a city where you can show up and hope for the best: to make the most of it, you need to arrive with a plan. Start with booking a stay at one of the best hotels or top Airbnbs in town and then start browsing our list of best things to do in São Paulo. Sure, the city's glamorous restaurats and
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