Rio de Janeiro

Christ the Redeemer, check. Copacabana, Sugar Loaf Mountain and Ipanema, done that. Wondering what else to feast your eyes on in Brazil's biggest party city during the biggest bash in the world? Get a taste of one of the world's other legendary Brazilian parties with a behind the scenes tour of the Unidos de Tijuca Samba School, ground zero for parade preparation and float-making during the annual Carnaval. Blue Parallel, a US-based company that customizes private tours in Brazil, arranges insider access to the school as well as the Sambodromo. It's off season, but still exciting.