Explore Rio de Janeiro's many streets and personalitiesneighborhood by neighborhoodfrom samba clubs to the best shopping blocks, sandy beaches to history-rich favelas, and island excursions to savory meals. A history section grounds you in the region's geographic context, while each subsequent chapter packs numerous insider tips from National Geographic and local experts. Experiential sidebars reveal ways to participate in Rio culture, including dancing, cooking, biking, boating, and visiting festivals, parks, ports, or casinos. Whether you're sipping from a coconut husk at a sidewalk café, watching (or joining) hang gliders jump off the cliffs of São Conrado, or trying your hand at a traditional instrument in the music zone of Rua da Carioca, every page in this invaluable guide transports you to Rio long before you arrive. Perfect for visitors who are planning a trip to coincide with the 2014 World Cup or 2016 Olympic Games.
National Geographic delivers active travelers what they want in a guidebook: expert advice, insider tips, and the cultural feel of each destination not easily found online. These guides are pitch-perfect for today's experiential travel enthusiasts who want an authentic, enriching immersion.
Michael Sommers has lived and worked in Brazil as a journalist for nearly 15 years, in the country's original capital of Salvador, Bahia. As a writer and photographer, he has contributed travel articles to the New York Times, The Globe and Mail, and the International Herald Tribune. He is the author of the guidebooks Moon Brazil and Moon Rio and his ongoing dispatches from Brazil appear on his blog at www.moon.com/blogs/brazil.