As is expected from any city with over six million inhabitants, Rio de Janeiro is marvelously complex. To know the Brazilian hot spot at a basic level is to know that the people who live there, or cariocas, know to how to party; it's to know that the golden, curving beaches are insanely beautiful; it's to know that the electric nightlife runs on the seductive sounds of samba, and it's to know that their festival scene is revelry in its truest form. Indeed, some of the world's most famous festivals take place in Rio, like Carnival, Rio Réveillon and Festas Juninas. Well, what are you waiting for? Come explore!