Rio de Janeiro

The best outdoor bars in Rio de Janeiro

Rio may be in the sporting spotlight this summer, but the city’s nightlife is always going for gold. The month of August brings with it balmy (rather than humid) evenings, which are perfect for some al fresco caipirinhas. The experts at BarChick pick six of the coolest places to drink in the city, from gourmet beach shacks to rooftop bars with views to thrill

60 second interview: Nicola Adams

The Olympic gold medal winner talks about the women’s boxing scene in the UK and her hopes for Rio 2016 and beyond

Nine cities with amazing beaches

Why choose between relaxing on white sand by day and the buzz of a city at night? In these places you get the both worlds

Remembering the 1948 London Olympics

With 100 days to go until Rio 2016, High Life looks back to the London 1948 Olympic Games, when things were very different...

Interview: Dina Asher Smith

Aged 20, the fastest British woman in history has her sights firmly on the 2016 Olympics. To mark her appearance on the cover of this month’s High Life – our ‘New Europe’ special – we talk to her about training in London, planning for Rio and beating Team GB to the departure’s gate.

The world’s ugliest (but most compelling) tourist attractions

For every swoon and snap garnered by the Taj Mahal and Niagara Falls, there’s a less attractive tourist site failing to get the recognition it deserves. Ben Groundwater rounds-up eight not-so-pretty places requiring a second look…

Brazil: Porto Bay Rio Internacional, Rio de Janeiro

The vibe at this slick boutique hotel in the heart of Copacabana is definitely laid-back Brazilian, says Laury Smith. Caipirinhas at the ready…

Off the wall: the story of the mural

Creatively, the mural is a strange beast. Claudia Walde’s new book explores some of the art form’s most impressive examples from across the globe

Brasilia: utopia revisited

Visionary architect Oscar Niemeyer’s Brasília is a place of sensuous shapes and bold patterns. Zach Udko tells the story of one of the world's most unusual and curious metropolises. So where better to showcase fashion’s latest geometric designs? Styled by Laury Smith. Photography by Kate Martin

Rio de Janeiro's best street food

To celebrate the Chowtzer Awards for the world's best fast, cheap and street-style food this weekend, we ask Rio food blogger Tom Le Mesurier some quickfire questions about his favourite local mouthfuls

How to get the most out of Rio de Janeiro's carnival

This month Rio's streets will be brought to life once again by its world famous Carnival. Eleanor Ross gives some tips on how to get in the party spirit if you're in town

What happens to the world’s Olympic venues?

With the budget for Rio 2016 currently up in the air, and around £9 billion spent on London's Games in 2012, you may be wondering what becomes of the event's much-planned, well-used sporting sites. Katie Gatens looks at the legacies of five former host cities

Rio de Janeiro: let the games begin

The 2016 Olympic Games and next year's World Cup are set to catapult the South American nation into the sporting spotlight. Nick Curtis takes the pulse of the city

Rio de Janeiro: Copacabana Palace Hotel

For opulent style and luxury with incredible views of Rio, look no further than the Copacabana Palace Hotel, says Nick Curtis

10 of the world's slowest cities

With a more laid back workforce and flexibility on what 'late' means (we're looking at you, Dubai), these cities move at a calmer pace

Fast and slow cities

Which cities are super speedy and which are more laid-back? Nick Curtis has the results of the High Life survey...

Off-season travel: Rio After the carnival

As part of an off-season travel special, Michael Palin gives his tips for enjoying Rio de Janeiro when the carnival has left town

Buzios: Chambres d'Hotes Outre-Mer

Elegant and spotless, the Chambres d'Hôtes Outre-Mer is a child-free guest house where the owners leave you to get on with relaxing and enjoying the incredible scenery

Ilha Grande: Vila Pedra Mar

Overlooking the crystal waters of the Atlantic, the beachside Vila Pedra Mar B&B is on a no-cars island and serves some of the very best food in the area

Rio de Janeiro: Casa Florence, Leblon

Home to the editor of the Hidden Pousadas website, this gem of a luxe B&B, with its one guest room, is small but perfectly formed

Rio 2016

Rio de Janeiro has it all — a vibrant arts scene, seductive beaches and a talent for partying. John Kampfner raises a caipirinha to the host of the next Olympic Games and Paralympic Games

British Airways and Comic Relief's work in Rio de Janeiro

Life is harsh on the streets and in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, but with your small change, British Airways and Comic Relief UK 
are making a huge difference with Flying Start, says Jane Dunford

Fight for peace: boxing project in Rio de Janeiro

Rio's slums teem with gang welfare but a boxing academy in Rio has helped take violence off the street and has spawned a shining example for the sport, says Joanna Hunter

City Secrets: Rio de Janeiro

Insider tips on Rio de Janeiro from the people that really know - the locals

Six new ways to look at bountiful Brazil

Explore the tranquil side of Brazil with rainforest trails, palm-fringed beaches and historic sites, where you can be as chilled or as active as you like, says Sue Chester

An eco-tour of Brazil

A few miles outside Brazil's lively party cities, there's an abundance of natural charms. Paul Clements takes an eco tour - offsetting all the way, of course

Costume drama: Rio de Janeiro's carnival

Instead of simply spectating, why not actually take part in the Rio Carnival? Emine Saner limbers up and discovers there's more to the parade than sequins and shimmying