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Heathrow to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Fly with British Airways or TAM

Set between jutting mountains, lush forests and golden beaches, with a skyline that mixes skyscrapers with colonial grandeur, Rio is a city that has it all.

As primary host of the 2014 World Cup final and 2016 Olympics, it's even more popular than ever right now. But don't worry if you want to avoid the crowds – this is a year-round destination with a sultry tropical climate.

Millions fall in love with lively Rio, and the legendary carnival and beach life are big attractions. There's enough entertainment and nightlife to keep even the most committed partygoer happy.

Yet the city can also boast Brazil's only inner-city national park, thanks to a reforestation project. And the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, best reached by mountain railway, offers stunning views over the city that seem a world away from the commotion below.

British Airways and TAM Airlines both offer direct flights to Rio (and Sao Paulo too) from London Heathrow.

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