Slip into your sequins: the Carnival of Brazil, the world’s largest celebration, is descending on the streets of Rio, Salvador and extra from 1-6 March.

It’s a reasonably nice time to go to, though Rio de Janeiro is one large celebration each evening of the week, everytime you select to go.

Whether or not you’re on the town for seashores, 4am finishes or the world’s greatest steak, listed here are the highest 10 must-dos within the “Marvellous Metropolis”.

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Eat steak at Assador

For a slap-up steak ebook into the town’s greatest churrascaria, Assador. Positioned in glam Flamengo Park, it’s a swanky restaurant that serves all-you-can-eat meat – from basic beef cuts to ones you’ve in all probability by no means heard of (don’t fear, your menu comes with a diagram of a cow that will help you work all of it out). You employ a card (inexperienced on one facet, pink on the opposite), which indicators to waiters if you need one other slice (you do – don’t dwell in remorse). It prices £30 a head, with the world’s greatest salad buffet included. Discount.

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Nyhavn pier in Copenhagen

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Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu

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The Shenzhen skyline

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A typical Miami scene

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The Soumbedioune fish market in Dakar

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Downtown Seattle

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The Zadar promenade

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View of Meknes at Bab Berdaine Gate

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Nyhavn pier in Copenhagen

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Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu

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The Shenzhen skyline

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Novi Unhappy in Serbia

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A typical Miami scene

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Mexico Metropolis

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The Soumbedioune fish market in Dakar

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Downtown Seattle

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The Zadar promenade

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View of Meknes at Bab Berdaine Gate

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Drink caipirinhas at Bar Urca​

Plastic glasses rammed with lime and beneficiant glugs of cachaca are only one motive to go to this low cost little bar on the foot of Sugar Loaf. One other is a budget prawn empanadas – they’re £1 a pop, and completely addictive – after which there are the views, rights throughout Guanabara Bay. Sit on the wall outdoors, the place tons of of regulars collect for drinks, snacks and selfies.

Journey the tram in Santa Teresa

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Drag your self from the seashore for a day and take a wander round Santa Teresa, Rio’s oldest boho neighbourhood. Begin with some footage on the Escadaria Steps – you may recognise the inexperienced and yellow tiled staircase from Snoop Canine’s “Lovely” video – then take a stroll previous the crumbling homes and partitions coated in vibrant murals. It’s steep, scorching and sweaty, so pay £Four for a tram ticket which is able to whizz you again down the hill to downtown Rio. 

Dance all evening in Lapa

You may’t make a journey to Rio with out hitting the road events – laborious. For a giant evening out with a 4am end, head to the streets of Lapa, the place locals crowd pavements ingesting low cost Brahma beer and straight up cachaca. For those who’re searching for samba then your greatest shout is Beco do Rato. Inside it’s a gritty little bar with dwell samba music from 8pm, whereas outdoors it’s basically a celebration on the pavement. 

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Hit the seashore in Copacabana

You’ll have your choose of seashores in Rio – take the metro out to Barra da Tijuca in the event you’re searching for crowd-free bathing. But when folks watching, music and beers are your factor, you’re higher off sticking to Copacabana. Rent an umbrella and a seashore chair for just a few quid and restock your beers, caipirinhas and contemporary coconuts from the seashore bar tents. Bikinis are tiny (verging on non-existent) so go away the one-piece at dwelling.

Take in the vibes on Copacabana seashore (Getty Photographs)

Drink craft beer in Botafogo

Whereas the tough and prepared road events are over in Lapa, you’ll discover the hipster crowd congregating in Botafogo – Rio’s reply to London’s Hackney. Swap your low cost Brahma for a craft beer at Hocus Pocus, which you’ll drink in a reasonably and chilled setting, full with hanging vegetation, naked brick partitions and picket beams. It’s not low cost by Rio requirements – however one sip of the Apa Cadabra (geddit?) and also you’ll quickly neglect that. 

Take a meals tour

Wish to stuff your face with one of the best meals within the metropolis? Course you do. Probably the greatest methods to get across the low cost native eats is by assembly up with Paulo, an area foods and drinks author who provides meals excursions on Airbnb Experiences. You’ll head to the town’s prime native botecos (pleasant gastro bars), the place you’ll drink a scrumptious selfmade creamy vodka concoction, snack on rooster hearts (higher than you’d suppose) and devour grilled rooster sprayed with cachaca. From £65pp.

Snap some selfies on the Escadaria Steps (Getty Photographs)

Sleep within the metropolis’s coolest new lodge

Rio’s monitor file of low cost however cool motels hasn’t been significantly spectacular – till now. One of many metropolis’s latest openings is the Yoo2, a snazzy little high-rise with ultra-modern, vibrant bedrooms and bogs full of Castanha do Brasil facilities. The most effective bit? The large buffet breakfast is fairly good, however it’s the rooftop bar and pool – one of the best place within the metropolis for Sugarloaf-at-sunset views – that basically steal the present. Doubles from £69, B&B. 

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Watch soccer on the Maracana

The location of crushing defeats and unforgettable victories, the Maracana is without doubt one of the most well-known soccer stadiums on the planet. Rio’s greatest workforce is Flamengo FC; head to the stadium on match day and also you’ll be capable of snap up on-the-day tickets to see them for as little as £6. If time’s tight and cash’s flush, it’s value reserving a tour with Observe Rio Me, which is able to offer you tickets and a raise there and again for £35. It’s shouty, sweary and unbelievably sweaty – and one of the best ambiance you’ll discover wherever. 

Catch the gorgeous recreation at Maracana Stadium (Getty Photographs)

Rent a yacht on Guanabara Bay

You’ll get some fairly candy views of Rio from the highest of Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer, however for a unique perspective on the town, get out on the water at Guanabara Bay. Actual World Holidays provides in a single day journeys on 40ft-yachts – plush cabin and personal chef included – for £650pp, or for these on a finances, ebook a day journey with Airbnb, from £60-£110.