Imagnative Traveller’s graphic designer, Dani Tucker, took our Buenos Aires to Rio overland trip over Xmas. Extending her time at the end of the trip, she spent a week enjoying the delights of South America’s liveliest and most enigmatic city.

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“There is so much to offer in Rio that no matter what you enjoy there is something for everyone! Personally I loved seeing the sights and at the top of the list had to be Christ the Redeemer. This iconic statue sits above the city on Corcovado Mountain as if guarding and protecting its residents. The view from the statue is breathtaking but I would recommend going early in the morning as the queues can be quite long later in the day.”

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“The creative in me was amazed by both the favela project, Project Morrinho and the Lapa Stair, a truly unique Rio attraction. The tiles that make up the stairs come from all over the world and their vibrant colours and eclectic style makes it a must see. They are also a great backdrop for many photo opportunities. I took so many photos of the different designs. Keep an eye out for pickpockets but as long as you are sensible you will be fine.”

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“The steps are much taller than you think and it is a hike from bottom to top, which was good for my legs as it gave me a chance to work off the fantastic meal we had at Marius Crustaceos. This is a wonderful restaurant just off Copacabana Beach which our tour leaders found us for Xmas Day. It offers a wonderful ‘all you can eat’ buffet of seafood & meat, where you will find exquisite recipes including lobster, shrimps, oysters and crabs.”

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“But it is really the unusual decor that steals the show, a complete mishmash of objects hung from every available bit of space. A bit pricey maybe but well worth it for its eclectic and weird style – truly a feast for the tummy and the eyes!”

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“I love trips that have a balance to them, so I think that having time to relax is also important. There is no better place to watch the world go by than Copacabana beach. The sand is soft and white, and the water lovely and blue and that stretch of beach is always alive with people socialising, playing volley ball or sitting at one of the beach bars with a caipirinha cocktail in hand. We were there during the summer months so the sun was shining, the temperature was high and my stress levels down.”

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“The other main draw has to be Sugarloaf Mountain. If offers yet another perspective of the whole of Rio. The cable cars are a little daunting at first but the view you get certainly makes up for it. You can expect lots of crowds so yet again I would say go early and take a hat as the queue is in direct sunshine.” 

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“I had an amazing time in Rio, and I definitely want to go back for Carnival!”

 

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