Rio de Janeiro is one of Brazil's most popular destinations, and it's not difficult to see why. With it's pristine beaches, gorgeous national parks and many cultural offerings, Rio is the perfect choice for newlyweds hoping to make their honeymoon the trip of a lifetime. Here are five reasons to book a Rio honeymoon right now:
1. Grumari Beach - This free, public beach is a bit off the beaten path, but it's a favorite among sun-seekers for just that reason. Without the incessant noise from hundreds of tourists and the beachfront kiosks that often follow them, Grumari offers 1.5 miles of one of the most serene and pristine beaches in all of Brazil.
2. Tijuca National Park - For outdoorsy couples, a trip to this expansive rainforest paradise is a must. It is the largest urban rainforest on the planet, offering hang-gliding, hiking and wildlife-watching. Walking tours and jeep tours are available with experienced park guides, and park admission is free. Expect to pay a fee to visit iconic Christ the Redeemer inside the park, but it's a small price to pay for up-close views of one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
3. Santa Teresa - This artsy, bohemian district of Rio offers lots of charm and culture. Couples can take a romantic walk through the cobblestone streets, stopping to check out sidewalk mosaics or the many eclectic art galleries. The restaurants in Santa Teresa feature traditional Brazilian food, and there are many street vendors selling traditional arts and crafts, too. The hills in this neighborhood will provide a good workout, but there are plenty of bars and restaurants to stop in for a cold drink.
4. Museum of Modern Art - There are more than 1,700 works of art housed in this museum, and contemporary art-lovers will find it especially thrilling. The building itself is a work of art, boasting abstract landscape designs by Brazilian artist Roberto Burle Marx. The museum also features an award winning restaurant, Laguiole, which infuses French and Brazilian cuisine.
5. Sugar Loaf Mountain - No honeymoon to Rio would be complete without a ride up the cable cars to the top of this 1,299-foot peak. High above Brazil's bustling city life, Sugar Loaf Mountain visitors are treated to spectacular panoramic views. For an especially romantic trip, be sure to visit near sunset.
For more information on traveling to Rio de Janeiro, visit this Trip Advisor Guide.