For zest and spectacle it’s hard to beat Brazil’s shoreline city, and our readers aren’t short of suggestions, including samba parties, favelas and cultural hotspots
The iconic Carioca aqueduct in the Lapa neighbourhood becomes a hub of activity at night, with locals flocking to start their night on the town. The place turns into a veritable playground of revelry, with stallholders offering cold beers and plenty of socialising. Impromptu samba furthers the party atmosphere, while young Cariocas shake and jive to the frenetic beat. This spontaneous, heady atmosphere epitomises the local spirit; we couldn’t bear to tear ourselves away. Intoxicating.