Journey 710 meters up to the summit of Corcovado Mountain by rack train early this morning for a sublime panoramic view over the city. Standing at the holy feet of Christ the Redeemer, revel in the unobstructed views of lush mountains and island-studded deep blue waters that make up Rio's dramatic backdrop, and listen as your guide points out the sights of the city from atop this granite peak. Following a visit to one of the world's new Seven Wonders, tour the bohemian district of Santa Teresa, traipsing past elegant colonial buildings along its steep cobblestone streets, and scaling the steps of the colorful mosaic-tiled steps of Selarón.
Enjoy an afternoon on the golden sands of Ipanema, Copacabana or Leme, drinking and snacking, playing volleyball, or grabbing a surf board and trying to catch a break.
Seating some 90,000 spectators, the Sambódromo hosts Carnival's main event. Tonight, experience the raucous energy in this stadium as you watch elaborate floats parade through the venue and Rio's top samba schools compete for the prestigious title of first place, all to exotic beats of percussion instruments and a colorful display of twirling dancers in lavishly feathered and beaded costumes.
Overnight at your hotel in Rio de Janeiro.