The good life here centers around the beach. Start at Copacabana—look for the rainbow flags in front of the Palace Hotel to find the party. Another hotspot for new scantily-clad friends of every stripe is Farme de Amoedo at Ipanema. When the sun goes down, the bars and clubs in Ipanema really heat up and you’ll have your pick of choices aimed at different parts of the LGBTQ+ community.
There are lots of places to explore by day, including the architecture of old downtown, Sugarloaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer statue, or the Arcos da Lapa. To take in the natural beauty of the area (aside from the hotties lining the beach) Leblon is nearby for hang-gliding, jet skiing or banana tube riding.
Carnaval, Rio’s renowned annual kickoff to Lent, is, of course, a ridiculously fun time to visit, with the whole city packed with partiers. If you have time New Year’s Réveillon is also worth a special trip.
From the gorgeous weather to the gorgeous people to the gorgeous spirit of acceptance, Rio’s spirit makes a trip to the Southern Hemisphere well worth it.