Rio de Janeiro, home of some of the worlds most glamorous beaches, historic carnival and picturesque views of mountains and oceans. Rio de Janeiro hosts over a half a million visitors every year for its famous Carnival and will be hosting the World Cup and Summer Olympics. With over 1000 hotels, apartments and properties to rent, tourists can have their choice with a large variety of accommodations when visiting Rio in Brazil. From the ultra luxurious five star accommodations, to budget conscience youth hostels, the city of Rio can accommodate almost every traveler, but make sure you start you search early as supply will be in a premium with the major upcoming events in Rio.
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Rio de Janeiro ("River of January"), English pronunciation, commonly referred to simply as Rio, is the capital city of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city of Brazil, and the third largest metropolitan area in South America, sixth largest in the America and in the top thirty in the world.
(The city was the capital of Brazil for nearly two centuries, from 1763 to 1815 during the Portuguese colonial era, 1815 to 1821 as the capital of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and Algarves, and from 1822 to 1960 as an independent nation. Rio is nicknamed the Cidade Maravilhosa or "Marvelous City".)
Rio de Janeiro represents the second largest GDP in the country, and is in the top thirty of the world. In addition Rio is viewed as one of the worlds premier travel destinations and the Christ the Redeemer statue is often considered to be one of the worlds eight magnificent wonders. Millions of visitors travel to Rio de Janeiro every year to see the worlds largest art deco sculpture which measures over 130 feet tall. The statue is often the opening scene of many famous movies that feature the culture and vibrance of South America.
Rio de Janeiro is the most visited city in the southern hemisphere and is known for its natural settings, carnival celebrations, samba, Bossa Nova, balneario beaches such as Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon. The sandy beaches along the Atlantic make travel and tourism to Rio a destination spot for vacationers looking for warm weather and beautiful beaches. One of the most famous landmarks in the City of Rio is Maracanã Stadium, which is one of the world's largest football stadiums. Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Summer Olympics, which will mark the first time a South American city hosts the event. Rio's Maracanã Stadium will also host the final match for 2014 FIFA World Cup.
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Another great overview of Rio, compliments of Wikipedia highlighting the numerous adventures in Rio nightlife and social activities.
Popular Things To Do and See in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
When you think of Rio de Janeiro, the well known Christ the Redeemer statue may come to mind. This is a definite “must see” when in Rio and in fact, you can view the massive statue from nearly everywhere in the city. You should take to time however to make the 700+ meter jaunt up to the top of the Corcovado mountain as you will have the best view of the entire city from there. Be sure to have your camera handy.
It is recommended to spend at least one day at the Copacabana Beach for an introduction to Rio's “beautiful people” and stunning coastline. You also should see to it that you eat some typical Brazilian barbeque at one of the many local restaurants in Rio which features outdoor seating so you can do some people watching at the same time.
Rio de Janeiro's nightlife is as hard to say no to as the city's beaches are. Options range from samba shows to sultry dance halls that play forro music. Discos in Rio pulse with loud music and flashing lights and att many nightclubs you can dance to live Brazilian bands on most nights of the week. If you are into shopping, then you will love the many boutiques and street markets in the city where you can barter until your heart's content. There are also about twenty-five air conditioned malls in Rio where you can get some great deals on leather and suede goods, jewelry and summer clothing.
A taxi cab is the best way to get around Rio. You can ask your driver to give you a tour of the city and arrange a fixed price with him of about $20. If you are adventurous, you could see the city by bus, but be warned that Rio is known for its crime so you should be mindful of questionable characters and your belongings. The air conditioned subway system comes in handy for traveling from Ipanema through Copacabana and to downtown.
Rio is a city that you will want to spend at least three full days in as there is so much to see and do. There are many museums to take in which would prove very interesting if you would like to know more about the Brazilian culture. The very lush Jardim Botanico is a botanical garden is worth seeing as it contains a large collection of plants from all over the world.