10 top tips from our Rio de Janeiro correspondent

From the birthplace of samba to sundowners by the sea, our man in Rio knows where to go for a good night out, as well as the best spots for taking in the breathtaking tropical beauty of the ‘Marvellous City’

Brazilian Mama: boutique hotel chain Mama Shelter opens in Rio

Mama Shelter, a budget boutique hotel brand set up by the co-founder of Club Med, has plumped the cushions at a new design-focused property in Rio de Janeiro

Top 10 views in Rio de Janeiro – in pictures

On the eighth day,’ say the locals, ‘God created Rio’ – and it’s hard to disagree. It’s a city where tropical rainforests, beaches and monolithic cartoon-like mountains collide to form one of the most distinctive landscapes in the world. Whichever way you look, there are breathtaking views…

Quiz – Identify these carnivals from the pictures

Here are eight images from carnivals around the world – see if you can identify them. Warning the answers are at the bottom right after the last picture.

FIFA World Cup – Rio’s ten best budget restaurants

Here they are according to The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/may/14/top-10-budget-restaurants-rio-de-janeiro