Oh Rio, we didn't start off on a great foot but you are beautiful. In many ways it reminds me of Los Angeles – you have your beaches and your mountains all within close proximity. The sky glowed pink and purple our first night there – unfortunately the days after we caught the rain and clouds. We stayed in Cococabana but I'd recommend staying in Ipanema Beach – we often found ourselves wandering Ipanema more than anywhere else.
PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG