In almost every poll about “favourite cities” in the world, Rio is at or near the top. There can be few more stunning sights than arriving in Brazil’s unofficial capital by ship. The dramatic landmarks of Sugarloaf Mountain and the famous Christ the Redeemer statue overlook spectacular stretches of famed urban beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema. Enjoy delicious food and wine with a Latin flair; the sensual moves of samba dance and rhythms of traditional music on display every day of the year including the bacchanalian Carnival. Take a peoplewatching stroll along the golden beaches, ride a cable car high above the city and seek out unique gifts as you shop the city streets that seem to ring with the rhythm of samba.