One of the world’s largest parties, Carnaval is celebrated in practically every town and city in Brazil.
If samba is the soul of Rio, its heart is Lapa, a rough-and-tumble district on the edge of downtown that is home to dozens of old-fashioned samba clubs and music-filled bars.
Known as the cidade maravilhosa, the “marvellous city” stretches between rain-forest covered peaks and white-sand beaches, with a wild mix of architecture scattered along its buzzing tree-lined streets.
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Rio de Janeiro