Rio de Janeiro, usually referred to as Rio, is the capital of the State of Rio de Janeiro, which is the second largest city of Brazil, and the third largest metropolitan area and agglomeration in South America. When you board one of the flights to Rio de Janeiro, you are in for the most dramatic setting in the world. It is dominated by Sugar Loaf Mountain and the monumental statue of Christ the Redeemer, and is five centuries old. Along with the famous beeches, make sure you check out the night hangouts of the city.
Cheap flights to Rio de Janeiro will give you a chance to visit Academia da Cachaca, a laid-back yet up-market Leblon classic specializing in North East Brazilian food and great cocktails, all derived from the traditional Brazilian spirit of cachaca. Here you have more than 500 varieties of the potion to choose from. They are served either straight, as traditional Caipirinhas, or as colorful fruity concoctions by barmen who are quite clearly pass masters. Do make sure you try the passion-fruit Caipirinha with real fruit floating inside, while snacking on a manioc croquette with cream cheese.
Bar do Copa is another place you can visit with your cheap tickets to Rio de Janeiro. With its own dedicated entrance at the Copacabana Hotel, this lounge bar and club is a stylish alternative to the neighboring neon-bedecked party bars. It is based beside the hotel’s main pool, with an illuminated walkway leading guests to the dance floor. The atmosphere is glamorous and just a little bit decadent. The whole area is gold-walled and draped in white; the ceiling drips with chandeliers and the whole glitzy package is topped with an LCD ceiling display. The service is extremely efficient and the cocktails fairly decent. The place is open till the wee hours of the morning.
If you want a glimpse of what this city looked like in the middle of the last century, you should pay a visit to Bar Brazil. Opened in 1907, around the same time as the hulking wooden fridge that lurks in the corner and dispenses the beer, this Rio institution has high ceilings, white tablecloths and old-school bow-tied waiters. It has an air of Rio’s cool glamorous past about it. In the afternoon you will be among the city’s businessmen, while night draws a younger crowd. Board any of the cheap airline flights and get ready to have an amazing night.
Buy your cheap tickets and visit Arpoador beach, an extension of Ipanema, one of the best places in Rio to watch the sun set. Here you can sit at an outdoor table just a few feet from the beach and look along the sweeping stretch of Ipanema backed by the Dois Irmãos Mountains.