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Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is one of the most hedonistic cities in the world.

Home to samba parties, year-round beach culture and some of the most fabulous scenery in the world, Rio is a place where most people act first and think later.

It has its sinister side, too, though in what amounts to an ongoing civil war between the drug traffickers of the favelas and the military police and if you spend any time in Rio you’ll eventually learn to distinguish a firework from a gun shot.

Read more in our Rio de Janeiro Travel Guide.