Needless to say, I strongly recommend you have a read of my list of things to do in Rio De Janiero if you’re visiting, including the likes of Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer. Rio De Janiero (or translated to January River) has a number of samba schools which would be great to attend, however you might want to seek advice as they are predominantly based in the favelas, so you don’t want to take a wrong turn or get into trouble. A quarter of the cities residents live in favelas, with poverty a strong issue here. If you start to feel like the sky here looks incredibly blue or if you’ve seen a snapshot of the clear skies, then it isn’t just coincidence. A TV researcher has actually said Rio has the bluest skies of anywhere in the world, utilising a special portable spectrometer, but how much you believe that is up to you. The city is probably best known for its carnival, being the party city of the world, it is the Ibiza of South America. The crowds are actually growing each and every year, with it becoming a top tourist attraction, but expect accommodation to book up quick and prices to soar through the roof. But if you fancy something a little more relaxing while here then you might want to visit the National Library, which is the 8th biggest in the world. Also, if you do decide to travel around Brazil a bit, you might want to have a read of my list of things to do in Sao Paulo.