When Fluminense and Vasco, two fierce, Brazilian rivals go head-to-head, the match is trumped by the spectacle of the crowd. Such passion, such emotion, and such unbridled swearing (for those that can lipread Portuguese). This is an experience that no one who travels to Rio should miss.
Around 700,000 tourists flock to Rio de Janeiro every year to witness the outrageously elaborate floats parade around the Sambadrome, while others head north to fully immerse themselves in the festival and Afro-Brazilian culture.
With 60 beaches to choose from, colonial architecture, local folklore and traditional fishing villages, discover Brazil's "Island of Magic".