National Geographic : 2012 Oct
Roving vendors in Copacabana sell everything under the sun, including whimsical trinkets (top). At Carnival, ticket holders ll the Sambadrome to watch a parade that lasts until dawn. Yachts bob in Botafogo Bay, cradled between the beach and the tall rock known as Sugar Loaf (top). Romance sizzles during Carnival season, when revelers ll the city.