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FEBRUARY LUXE TRAVEL HOTSPOT: RIO DE JANEIRO

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With the start of the new year being about you, it’s time to spoil yourself and go on a vacation. Get away from the frigid temperatures and bask in sunlight in the country of Brazil. Rio de Janeiro is the Luxe travel hot spot of February.

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Fireworks in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to kick off Carnival 2017.

Rio de Janeiro, or more simply known as Rio, is the second highest populated metropolis in Brazil. It is one of the most traveled cities in the Southern Hemisphere because of its historical sights, events, and culture. The atmosphere is warm and inviting during February, as average high temperature is around 85 degrees with an average low of 66 degrees. While the temperatures are cool, honeymooners get hot. Locals state Brazilian love is a consuming fire that is both spontaneous and passionate; this love is represented and displayed throughout the city. With February being the month of love, Rio will be the perfect hot spot.

Screen Shot 2018-02-13 at 5.51.53 PMNot only does the atmosphere have its own gravitational pull, but historical sites leaving onlookers—and even natives—awestruck. The most popular and well-known structure in Rio is the statue of Christ the Redeemer. It tops the list as number one on the must-see list in Brazil. Standing 700 meters above sea level on the top of Corcovado hill, the image of Christ stands with his arms spread wide as if ready to give his love to all those in the city. This masterpiece was constructed between 1922 and 1931 by French sculptor Paul Landowski and French engineer Albert Caquot. That statue still stands on the same hill this very day and is now considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

If hiking is a favorite pastime, then Sugarloaf Mountain and Corcovado are the just the spots to satiate your inner adventurer. Located on the Guanabara Bay, Sugarloaf Mountain has an elevation of 1,299 feet, and climbers witness an amazing view of the city and ocean line. For the brave hikers, there are also rock climbing areas. Corcovado, on the other hand, is within Rio itself, not on the outskirts like Sugarloaf. Witness exotic wildlife and get in touch with nature on a new level, for at the peak of Corcovado is the Tijuca Forest, a national park.

A visit to Copacabana will take visitors to the heart of the hustle and bustle of Rio. The crescent-shaped beach area is the liveliest neighborhoods as there is constant activity occurring. It is considered one of the most popular beaches in the world. With museums, hotels, historical sites, theaters, bars, and cafes, Copacabana is the place for those active enough to keep up. The location has been selected as the official venue of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup for many years. Be warned, natives are up until the break of dawn, so be ready to literally party all night long.

Millions gathered on the streets to celebrate Carnival
Millions gathered on the streets to celebrate Carnival

Luxe chose Rio as the destination of February for a very specific reason: Carnival. This is the celebration of the century—topping Coachella by a landslide. Dating back to the early 1700s, this parade honors the gods and pays respect to “the great waters,” which we know as the Mediterranean Sea. In 2017, over one million people populated the streets of Rio to participate in the parade. The five-day celebration estimates to have over 2 million people per day on the streets alone. People crowd the streets cheering, dancing, and chanting, creating a high-intensity aura that intoxicates the senses and fills every fiber of your being until you can’t help but to join in. This event is not for the faint-hearted as this festival lasts until dawn. Carnival takes place the first two weeks of February, so book tickets early as prices rise as dates get closer.  

Diverse, curvy luxe beauties ready to dance in the parade.
Diverse, curvy luxe beauties ready to dance in the parade.

With such never-ending spontaneity, visitors can’t help but plunge themselves into the lifestyle. If you’re looking for a high-intensity vacation where locals treat every day like it’s their last, then Rio de Janeiro is going to be that hot spot. Enjoy the breathtaking sites, immerse yourself in Brazilian culture, and fall in love in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.