As winter hits the Northern Hemisphere, the Southern Hemisphere basks in glorious heat and sunshine making it a great time to visit the beach city of Rio de Janeiro. To see it at its best you'll want to wait until the temperatures start to drop here in the UK as the colder it gets here, the hotter it is in Brazil. As our winter begins, Rio comes alive, with people flocking to the gorgeous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, while the bars and cafes Botafogo and Lapa become packed and create a wonderful, lively atmosphere in the city. Summer in Rio is all about enjoying the sun, sea and samba, when you can explore the arty Santa Teresa area, party at Rio Carnival and simply relax on the fabulous beaches. RealWorld offers seven-day holidays to Rio from £1,350 per person, including flights, four-star accommodation, tours and transfers.