Different strokes: comparing vacations.
Brazil has more cultures, cuisines, and climates than most
continents, and its two main cities--250 miles apart--epitomize these
rio de janeiro sao paulo
basic The romantic, beachy, Brazil's (and South
differences tropical, sexy, wild America's) largest city
"capital" of the country. estimated at 17 million,
The best skyscrapers inland from the ocean.
are the surrounding Often called the New York
mountains. City of Brazil.
climate Heats up fast in October; October-December tem-
by December tempera- peratures 70-90
tures can reach 100 degrees.
gay life Go ahead, try to find Someones for everyone.
someone unattractive on Business-attired execs
a Copacabana beach. are particularly alluring.
Carnival (February 21-24) Carnival (February
and Samba Parade 21-24); Pholianafaria pre-
(February 22-23) are full Carnival parties. Gay life
of men and women eager is best on weeknights,
to meet. Watch the sexy since so many residents
hang-gliders leap above leave on Friday afternoon
Sao Conrado Beach and for the country side.
land at your feet.
sites to see The Tijuca Forest (one of Ibirapuera Park, designed
the world's largest urban by Oscar Niemeyer and
forests), the 100-foot-tall Roberto Burle Marx; the
Christ statue stop Mount Museum of Art; Ipiranga
Corcovado, the cable car Monument; the upscale
ride to the peak of Mount Jardins shopping area;
Sugar Loaf, Copacabana Paulista Avenue and its
and Ipanema beaches. elegant and cruisy
what to The summer sun, with no Centro (downtown) neigh-
avoid sunblock, after 10 a.m.; borhoods at night; public
the west side of the city, transit at night.
the most dangerous (stay
on the south side).