Rio de Janeiro is a city of some 6m people, the 2nd largest in Brazil. It stands in a bay overlooked by the striking Sugar Loaf topped by the statue of Christ the Redeemer. Rio has an aura which attracts all kinds of visitors. Carnival is a highlight and the beaches at Copacabana and Ipanema, with their associated laid-back lifestyles, are major tourist attractions.There are many accommodation choices, including 5 star luxury hotels such as the Intercontinental as well as 4 and 3 stars and apartments like the Promenade Palladium for vacation rental. For the young looking for fun there are budget hotels, cheap rooms and youth hostels. Many are in the city centre and, of course, many are also by the beaches. Deals and offers are always available, especially for Carnival. However, Rio is also a major business hub and business travellers will have no trouble booking accommodation with facilities geared to their needs. The airport is close to the city centre and has a range of hotels close by.