One of the most seductive places on the planet, Rio’s sensual culture is hard not to notice. It’s in the way women habitually run their fingers through
their hair, the way lovers touch each other’s faces. It is the very sensation of the environment—the hot sun on your skin, the scent of the ocean mixing with fresh seafood, and how the lush, tropical backdrop softens the hard geometry of the city.
Rio de Janeiro is Brazil’s biggest playground, offering every conceivable delight a man could want: sprawling beaches full of bronzed bodies, jaw-dropping landscapes, extreme sports, termas, and amazing food and drinks any time of day. But the people are the main draw.
Brazilians work hard, but the beach is a funda- mental part of life, and locals abide by various codes of conduct, like playing competitive-yet-friendly games of beach volleyball before heading to the office. Rio’s layout is pretty straightforward. It is divided into north and south zones, with a mountain range serving as a barrier. Day and nightlife mainly revolves around the Ipanema area, and staying as close to the ocean as possible is critical.
After the heat and hustle of the city, take a short trip down the emerald coastline. Amid sandy coves and jungle backdrops are two perfectly charming towns: the colonial port of Paraty and the always energetic Búzios. Both are stunning and tranquil but offer different approaches to serenity. Búzios overflows with cafes, galleries, snorkeling, and surfing. Paraty is more secluded, with whole forests, waterfalls, and islands practically to oneself.
No matter where you are, Rio is all about meeting locals who will guide you in the right direction. Sensual energy mixed with living life at full tilt is what makes this Brazilian city so intoxicating.