5. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro is a stunning bucket-list destination with dreamy beaches, unparalleled nightlife, and so much more.
WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE?
Rio de Janeiro gets tons of sunshine, with average temperatures of 74 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year. The weather is warmest from December to March, with average highs of mid- to high 80s, though the weather is very pleasant year-round.
WHERE SHOULD I STAY?
If you’re looking for a great location with stunning views that’s near the beach, the lake, and all of Rio’s best restaurants and bars, stay near Ipanema beach. For luxury accommodations and seriously legendary New Year’s celebrations, stay near Copacabana beach.
WHAT SHOULD I DO?
No matter where you stay in Rio de Janeiro, you’ll be close to incredible beaches and surrounded by jaw-dropping scenery. Make sure you soak up plenty of sun and take some time to relax. But if you’re looking for adventure, Rio de Janeiro’s got that, too.
Take a cable car up Sugarloaf Mountain for incredible panoramic views of beaches, hills, and skyscrapers beneath you. (It’s especially incredible at sunset!)
Go up Mount Corcovado to see the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, another of the New 7 Wonders of the World. (You’ll be able to see it all around Rio, but it’s incredible to see it up close!)
And of course, Rio’s incredible food is not to be missed. Eat plenty of acai and pastels while you’re there!