Rio de Janeiro
DID YOU KNOW?
That Rio de Janeiro was the capital of Brazil until 1960 when it was changed to the newly constructed city of Brasilia in the centre of the country
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro, probably Brazil’s most emblematic city, home to many famous landmarks, especially Corcovado Hill with the Christ the Redeemer statue. The city is home to over 11 million inhabitants spread out over upscale areas to some of the poorest areas on the continent. Besides the Christ the Redeemer and the Sugar Loaf Mountain, Rio is also home to some of the most famous beaches in the world; Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon Beaches rank among the top beaches in the world.
Downtown Rio is also a sight not to be missed. Driving a tram in the Santa Teresa neighborhood, walking through the narrows streets of historic Rio and suddenly stand eye to eye with some of the biggest buildings in the country. A list of what to see in Rio would not be complete without a visit to the Sambadrome, a huge drive through stadium, centre to the yearly worldwide know Carnival of Rio de Janeiro. Or visit the San Sebastian Cathedral, a strange modern cathedral with a huge internal space. Finally Rio is home to some of the biggest football clubs in South America and hence one of the biggest stadiums in the world the Maracanã Stadium. Because of this wide scale of things to do, the great weather all year round, fabulous beaches and friendly population, Rio is definitely a place to take your time for to get to know.
Rio as seen from Corcovado Hill
Also in the Rio province you can find other great and more relaxed beaches. Cities such as Buzios, Angra Dos Reis and Arraial Do Cabo are only located at two or three hours driving from Rio and are great retreats from the hectic big city life. Here you can also find great hotels and resorts to make the last days of your holiday pass by in complete luxury and tranquility.