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A relaxed city of idyllic beaches, towering mountains, vibrant nightlife and colourful culture: this is Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Book your hostel well in advance for Rio Carnival as around 500,000 people from around the globe travel to it every year which isn’t surprising – the five-day event is a riot of colour, music, dance and celebration. If you’re not there in time for carnival there’s still loads you can pack into a trip to Rio. Get the train to the top of Corcovado mountain, gaze at the awe-inspiring view and see the famous 30m statue of Christ the Redeemer up close. Pose for a photo on the colourful Selaron stairway, and be enchanted by the elaborate interior of São Bento Monastery. Head to Copacabana, relax on the beach, learn to samba in a local bar, and grab some delicious streetfood to eat on the way home.