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All About Rio De Janeiro

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About

People that visit Rio de Janeiro do so for a number of reasons. There are the fantastic beaches, and the weather is warm enough to swim in the ocean waters all year round. There is so much beauty in the city, with many buildings dating back centuries. Rio encompasses a number of stunning bays and mountains. The area is densely populated, with around 13 million people living in the city. The international airport handles hundreds of thousands of flights each year, bringing in tourists from all over the globe. The biggest sport by far in the country is football; Brazil has won the World Cup a number of times.

Key Facts

  • Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil behind São Paulo
  • The city was founded in 1565 by the Portuguese
  • It has one of the most recognizable backdrops in the world, with the statue of Christ the Redeemer up on the hill
  • The city is one of the most visited in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Rio is the location for the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 2016 Summer Paralympics
  • The national language is Portuguese

Things To Do

With glorious weather most days in Rio, it is no surprise that many tourists head off to the beach to wind down after their flight. Two of the city’s beaches are recognized all over the world: Copacabana and Ipanema. However, these beaches can get busy, especially during weekends and holidays. For that reason, it’s worth visiting the beach at Vermelha or Recreio dos Bandeirantes.

No visit to Rio is complete without going to the top of the 710-meter-high Corcovado and having a picture taken near the statue of Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor). The site was opened in 1931, and has been visited by millions. There is no need to worry about walking to the top, as a train makes access simple. It is an easy location to find, but ask at the hotel for the best way. And check the weather before you go, as some days the statue may be lost in the clouds.

To get the most out of Rio’s scenery, a short trip to Guanabara Bay is all that is required. The panoramic views here are amazing, and it is a great place to relax from the stresses of modern-day life. Sugar Loaf Mountain can clearly be seen from the bay, and for those who wish to reach the summit, a cable car is available. All around this area there are many trails for those who enjoy walking.

Learning about the places you visited is always a good idea for any tourist, and a visit to the Museu Histórico Nacional will show you the rich history of this fabulous city, all the way from colonial times to the modern day. For those who enjoy modern art, then the Museu de Arte Moderna is the place to go.

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