Rio De Janeiro
Hugging the sea, cradled by mountains, and neighbored by rain forest, Rio is blessed with some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the world. For the best views of the dramatic landscape, head to the Mirante Dona Marta lookout point, where you can see Christ the Redeemer guarding the city, and the prehistoric spine of Sugarloaf Mountain. Keep an eye out for monkeys in the trees around you and lizards as long as laptops. To get better acquainted with the local environment, explore the 300-plus acres of Amazonian and tropical plants at the Jardim Botânico, or take a 30-minute drive to Tijuca National Park.