Rio de Janeiro
Few will argue that Rio de Janeiro is among the worlds most beautiful cities. Known as the "Cidade Maravilhosa", Rio lies between Guanabara Bay, the beautiful beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon, and a tropically forested Mountain range. The outstretched arms of Rio's Christ Redeemer Statue, set atop Corcovado Mountain's 2,307 ft. peak can be seen from virtually any place in the city. Pao de Acucar, (Sugar Loaf ) mountain and its cable car mark the location where the city was founded in 1565. These two famous landmarks make Rio among the world's most recognizable cities. It is a cosmopolitan city with a wide variety of sightseeing, nightlife and restaurants. Rio's relaxed atmosphere, beautiful beaches and friendly "cariocas" make this city an unforgettable experience.