Radiant Rio.

Cunard guests visiting the pulsating, exhilarating Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro will find themselves in one of the most colorful, musical places in the world. With delicious cuisines, stunning scenery and its famous carnival atmosphere, Rio has new delights waiting around every corner.

Marvelous by name, marvelous by nature, vivacious Rio de Janeiro, nicknamed ‘the Marvelous City’, does things a bit differently. Whether you’re sipping caipirinhas on Copacabana Beach, taking in the incredible sunset at Arpoador Rock, or dancing the night away in the samba bars of Lapa, Rio is somewhere that always prioritizes having a good time.

Founded by the Portuguese in 1565, on the shores of the South Atlantic, Rio has grown into a city of over six million Cariocas (the name given to Rio natives). Hedonism set against one of the world’s most beautiful cities – one of mountains, lagoons, rainforests and beaches – makes for an intoxicating mix.

Beyond the beach.

Most visitors tend to stick to the beach neighborhoods of Ipanema and neighboring Copacabana, but the arty hilltop district of Santa Teresa, with its twisting lanes, small galleries and independent cafés, should not be missed.

UNESCO named Rio as the World Capital of Architecture for 2020, showing that this city is going from strength to strength. The Museum of Tomorrow is a futuristic science center, its design inspired by the bromeliads in the Botanical Garden. And a trip to the Corcovado mountain viewing platform for spectacular panoramas - and to visit the 98-foot statue of Christ the Redeemer - is a must.

Local flavor.

When eating and drinking, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Feijoada, a stew typically made with pork, beef and black beans, is the national dish. Try it at Casa da Feijoada in Ipanema or visit Marius Degustare in Copacabana, which serves up a traditional Brazilian barbecue.

The perfect addition to a Rio de Janeiro visit is a trip to the Iguazú falls. Lying 730 miles southwest of the hustle and bustle of the city, the falls offer a natural wonder of epic proportions. The main attraction is the Garganta del Diablo (the Devil’s Throat): an 262ft drop with a thunderous roar that will shake your very soul. If you visit during a full moon, you stand a good chance of seeing an eerie lunar rainbow rise from the depths of the falls.

Rio de Janeiro has plenty more to keep you busy. Don’t miss our top experiences recommended by Andressa Ricci-Williams, Port Presenter, Queen Victoria.

Beautiful Brazil.

Rio de Janeiro isn't the only port Cunard visits in this vibrant and musical land.


Known as the city of happiness, Salvador stands out as a tangle of youthful energy and Afro-Brazilian culture. The city perches on a cliffside that drops 280 feet from the ‘cidade alta’ (high city) down to the ‘cidade baixa’ (downtown) at sea level, and is connected by Elevador Lacerda, Brazil’s first escalator. The streets are lined with pastel-hued buildings, like a living museum of 17th and 18th-century Portuguese architecture, while murals and sculptures add further interest.

The city also has a thriving cultural scene: considered by many to be the country’s cultural capital, Salvador is the perfect place to watch the dazzling acrobatic practice of capoeira or simply enjoy the buzz of live open-air music.

São Paulo.

This amazing city, locally known as Sampa, is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere and home to some 20 million people from more than 200 countries. Visitors should prepare for striking architectural variety, broad cultural activity (MASP, the São Paulo Museum of Art, boasts one of the largest art libraries in the country), and culinary insight. The latter may be top of the list: São Paulo has more pizzerias than any Italian city, 50 different national cuisines and some 12,500 restaurants. This thriving and ethnically diverse modern culinary scene can be traced back to São Paulo’s migrants from Africa, Europe, the Middle East and East Asia.

More South American gems.

Puerto Madryn, Argentina.

This Argentine city on the northern edge of Patagonia is an introduction to the region’s fascinating Welsh heritage. The area’s shipwrecks attract divers from around the globe.

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Cape Horn, Chile.

Surrounded by wild seas and located on Hornos Island, where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meet, a cruise-by visit to Cape Horn is a sight to savor.

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Montevideo, Uruguay.

Uruguay’s capital city is a hub of colonial and modern architecture jostling for space around shady plazas and riverside promenades, where laid-back residents indulge in life’s simple pleasures.

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Ushuaia, Argentina.

The southernmost city on the planet, Ushuaia is a busy port nestled between snow-capped Andean mountains on the shores of the Beagle Channel. Its previous lives have included a missionary base, a penal colony and a base for the Argentine Navy.

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Punta Arenas, Chile.

Here lies a combination of the rudimentary and the grand, with color-splashed buildings next to elaborate wool-boom mansions. Exploration opportunities include the Strait of Magellan and the surrounding rugged landscape.

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