With all the recent buzz and excitement over 2014 FIFA World Cup, host city Rio de Janeiro in Brazil is the hottest place to be right now.

And in 2016, all eyes will be on this city again when it hosts the Summer Olympics. If these aren’t enough reasons for you to pack your bags and hop on a plane soon, then maybe these 40+ breathtaking Rio de Janeiro photos will.

Scroll down and enjoy Rio de Janeiro — from stunning views atop Sugarloaf Mountain to the dreamy shores of Ipanema to the color-soaked streets of Santa Teresa.

World Cup - Brazil by Emir Terovic on 500px.com

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