Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro is everything it is celebrated for, and more. It may not be Brazil’s capital, but it is by far its defining city, commanding non-stop wonder from the moment you set foot on its shores.

The golden sands of Copacabana or Ipanema are a good start to your fleeting visit, firstly Sugarloaf Mountain by cable car, then perhaps some Samba steps as night falls and Rio steps up a gear.