Vacation prices during the prime summer season generally go through the roof, but if you turn your attention south, like to the Caribbean and South America, you'll find that prices in the summer are a great deal cheaper than in the winter season. Now, I know you're thinking that maybe Mexico or Jamaica
aren't such a good idea in the summer, but the farther south of the equator you go, the better the temperatures for an enjoyable holiday, and better yet, the prices are still at off-season rates.
Which brings us to Rio de Janiero, one of the world's most exciting places, even outside of its famous "Carnival" season, and a tremendous bargain in the summer. That means its Rio's winter on our topsy-turvy globe, but in Rio, "winter" is generally in the balmy high seventies, still beach weather for inveterate bikini-watchers.
Some of the major sights to see in Rio include: Sugar Loaf Mountain, with its cable car to the top
(from which you can see
romantic Rio's glittering lights at sunset); Corcovado, where the gigantic statue of Christ the Redeemer looks down on the spectacular city; the strands of the famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches; historic architecture from Rio's colonial past; great museums; the famous H. Stern jewelry factory; invigorating samba dance clubs; and churrascaria restaurants, a beef lover's dream.
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you can now find tour operators offering packages to Rio for as low as $699 per person for air fare and six nights' accommodations, with breakfast and sightseeing thrown in. That's a bargain for an unforgettable experience in one of the world's great cities. For additional information on the city itself, you can also call RIOTOUR at (212) 375-0801.