Anyone who first arrives in Rio de Janeiro, and takes a casual evening stroll, can’t help but be drawn in by the twinkling lights lighting up the hillsides. Well, those twinkling lights sitting on some of the most prime real estate in the city, are the favelas. Favelas are defined as slums, yet the word slum doesn’t incapsulate what…

One minute you’re swaying in and out of people as cars and buses zoom by, the next minute you’re surrounded by lush rainforest with nothing but the sounds of wildlife echoing around you! Rio de Janeiro has the most spectacular hikes right within its city limits (and beyond). The views at the top are outmatched…