Cape Town, South Africa’s beautiful Mother City, is easily one of the top destinations to visit in your lifetime. Cape Town offers fun, adventure, a smorgasbord of attractions, friendly people and great service – all in a breathtaking geographical setting.
Set against the back-drop of the glorious Table Mountain, Cape Town is a place where old and new harmoniously converge – in history, architecture, cultural pursuits and the essence of its people.
Warmed by the African sun, the city set on a peninsula of soaring, rocky heights and lush valleys, where two oceans converge- Indian and Atlantic. Immense natural beauty and the fast pace and bright lights of a great urban centre meld effortlessly here. Firmly positioned on the international map, Cape Town offers a multitude of things to do and places to see, whatever your tastes, inclinations or budget.
“I woke up, during the carioca fall, and the sea, the sky, the sun and the mountain were fighting to see who was the most beautiful.”
The sentence by the Brazilian writer Millôr Fernandes describes Rio de Janeiro very well. The combination between mountain, sea, sky and sun makes this city unique. Few locations bring nature and city together on such a small surface. Thanks to this, Rio is one of the fastest growing tourist destinations. The city also stands out as a center for big national and international events. In 2010 ,Rio hosted aproximately 200 big events. In 2011, this number will be at least 20 percent higher.
There is no shortage of attractions. The statue of Christ The Redeemer is one of the first images that comes to mind when you say Rio. It was elected in 2007 as one of the new seven wonders of the world. The Sugar Loaf, a beautiful combination of rock and see, is another big landmark of the city. Furthermore there are the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, described as the most beautiful and charming places in the world.
The city hosts two of the biggest parties in the planet: the Carnival and the New Year’s Eve in Copacabana. During this period of celebration, the samba schools and street parades dazzle the visitors. Outside the Carnival period, tourists can get a taste of the party atmosphere by visiting the Sambódromo, designed by the world-famous architect Oscar Niemeyer, where the samba schools parade, or by visiting the so-called City of Samba which is located in the city’s Port District, with the warehouses where the parades are prepared. The visitors can also enjoy the samba and participate in the carioca lifestyle at the bars in the Lapa and Gamboa district.
In Rio, the night doesn’t compete with the day and history is in harmony with daily life. But the real charm of its people, is the carioca spirit that transforms the population into 6 million hosts, ready to receive each visitor as an old friend. As James Taylor sings in Only a dream in Rio, “Melody on a wooden flute / Samba floating in the summer breeze / It`s alright you can asleep / you can close your eyes / you can trust the people of paradise”.