Rio de Janeiro Travel and Tourism Information
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"Rio de Janeiro is the Marvelous City and Brazil’s most famous destination with attractions like the Christ Statue, Sugar Loaf and Copacabana and Ipanema Beach.
“Cidade Maravilhosa” or the Marvelous City as Rio de Janeiro is known to people who live there, called Cariocas, is one of the most inspiring cities in the world. With green granite mountains as a backdrop, and a deep blue ocean in the foreground, lined with sandy white beaches, nestled in gentle coves, Rio’s physical beauty is equal to any city in the world. The Pão de Açucar, or Sugar Loaf Mountain, provide breathtaking views of city, including the Guarabara Bay and the Corcavado, or Cristo Redentor, Christ the Redeemer, the iconic monument that symbolized the city.
Rio’s bustling culture is characterized by gorgeous beaches, carnival, and “the beautiful game,” meaning soccer or football. Breathtaking natural beauty and a year-round climate that is nearly perfect, make Rio one of the world’s most coveted destinations. Music, dance, sport, beaches, and sun provide Cariocas with a singular “joie de vivre,” that is manifest yearly in Rio’s world-famous Carnival, the highlight of which is the Samba parade at the Sambadromo.
As host to the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016, Rio’s residents are particularly proud of their city, and it show in the warmth and the enthusiasm with which they treat visitors.
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