Explore Rio de Janeiro's many streets and personalities - neighbourhood by Neighbourhood - from samba clubs to the best shopping blocks, sandy beaches to history-rich favelas, and island excursions to savoury meals. A history section grounds you in the region's geographic context, while each subsequent chapter packs numerous insider tips from National Geographic and local experts. Experiential sidebars reveal ways to participate in Rio culture, including dancing, cooking, biking, boating, and visiting festivals, parks, ports, or casinos. Whether you're sipping from a coconut husk at a sidewalk cafe, watching (or joining) hang gliders jump off the cliffs of Sao Conrado, or trying your hand at a traditional instrument in the music zone of Rua da Carioca, every page in this invaluable guide transports you to Rio long before you arrive. Tourism hot spot: with the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games taking place in this dynamic city, Rio is expecting more than a million additional visitors over the next four years - in addition to the 2 million annual tourists. Exciting features and suggestions: provides a game plan for visitors, with a focus on active experiences that give travellers behind-the-scenes possibilities; insider tips from National Geographic photographers, writers, and experts; not-to-be-missed lists; and a practical introduction. Content includes popular walking and driving tours; features on contemporary life, history, and culture; and excursions off-the-beaten path.