Casa Marques

This is not your average lad pad. Built into the Santa Teresa hillside, this late colonial house is now a luxury, 12-bedroom hotel with more modern amenities that you can shake a stick at. Inside, you’ll find white-washed walls that pop with local street art, an equally colourful restaurant, and minimalist rooms (each with its own giant bath and incredible view over Guanabara Bay). Head up and out onto the rooftop for a dip in the infinity pool or a chilled cerveza at the bar.

Eat: Puro

Artsy neighbourhood Jardim Botânico is fast becoming one of Rio’s coolest, and Puro is proof enough alone. What’s on the menu? Gourmet Brazilian dishes with a dash of French influence (thanks to Head Chef Pedro Siqueira and his previous training in Parisian restaurants) made from locally-sourced, organic ingredients. Don’t be fooled; organic doesn’t mean small plates. These are man-sized portions by any standards ‒ so, maybe give the bread basket a miss.

Ipanema Beach

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Ipanema Beach

Ipanema Beach

Hippies, surfers, sun-worshippers: find them all (happily sectioned off in their groups by lifeguard posts) at Copacabana’s cleaner and more upmarket counterpart. Sandwiched between trendy neighbourhoods Leblon and Arpoador on the south side of the city, its spotless sands and majestic mountain backdrop aren’t too bad on the eye either. A word of warning: ‘Ipanema’ translates to ‘bad, dangerous waters’, so only take a dip where the locals do. Don’t be a hero.

Sugarloaf Mountain

No guide to Rio would be complete without a cable car ride from this famous (if you’ve seen Moonraker, you’ll know what we mean) peak. Whether you go at sunrise or sunset, you won’t find a better view of the city anywhere else. Plus, if James Bond and John F Kennedy have done it, then it’s probably worth checking out. If you’re feeling really fit (and haven’t overdone it with the Caipirinhas), then there are plenty of hiking trails to choose from, too.

Museum of Tomorrow

Is it a spaceship? Is it a plane? No, it’s Rio’s neo-futuristic museum in all its solar-panelled glory. The brainchild of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, its exterior is just as inspiring as its interior with powerful exhibitions (many of them digital, of course) each telling its own story of sustainability – from climate change to social collapse. Our favourite bit? The entrance is a ‘cosmic portal’, which features a film co-directed by City of God director Fernando Meirelles. Pretty cool…

What to Pack

Washed Twill Collarless Shirt

Washed Twill Collarless Shirt

£65

Garment Dyed Slim Chinos

Garment Dyed Slim Chinos

£85

Horizontal Herringbone T-Shirt

Horizontal Herringbone T-Shirt

£40

Indigo Shorts

Indigo Shorts

£75 £49

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