While tourists swear by Copacabana, my favourite beaches in Rio were Arpoador and Praia da Barra da Tijuca -almost virgin with a superb view.
Your first day in Rio is a full day of the most amazing views of one of the most beautiful cities in South America! Starting with a drive through Tijuca Forest, the largest urban forest in the world; to arrive at the peak of Corcovado Mountain, and the iconic statue of 'Christ the Redeemer'. You will then be taken to the base of Sugarloaf Mountain to ride the famous cable car to the top where the views over Guanabara Bay, Copacabana Beach and up to Corcovado are stunning. The next day is a day of leisure and you can choose a trip to Buzios, a pristine string of beaches and islands or Angra dos Reis, home to 365 islands and 2,000 beautiful beaches.