Rio de Janeiro City

A quintessential experience is to raft the Rio Grande through the Blue Mountains, stopping off at waterfalls and having picnics of barbecued fish.

~Ben Elliot

Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil, on the South Atlantic coast and the sixth-most populous in the Americas. Rio is famous for its breathtaking landscape, its laidback beach culture and its annual carnival. Rio de Janeiro is the capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s third-most populous state.

Rio de Janeiro city is one of the most visited cities in the Southern Hemisphere and is known for its natural settings, Carnival, samba, bossa nova, and Balneario Beaches. In addition to the beaches, some of the most famous landmarks include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado mountain, named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Rio de Janeiro is a main cultural hub in Brazil. Its architecture embraces churches and buildings dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries, blending with the world-renowned designs of the 20th century. Rio was home to the Portuguese Imperial family and capital of the country for many years.

Rio de Janeiro city is Brazil’s primary tourist attraction and resort. It receives the most visitors per year of any city in South America with 2.82 million international tourists a year. Rio de Janeiro is the most awarded destination by World Travel Awards in the South American category of “best destination”.

History of Rio de Janeiro

Rio was founded in 1565 by the Portuguese as a fortification against French privateers who trafficked wood and goods from Brazil. Piracy played a major role in the city’s history, and there are still colonial fortresses to be visited.

For the next two centuries, it was an unimportant outpost of the Portuguese Empire, until gold, diamonds, and ore were found in Minas Gerais in 1720. Then, as the nearest port, Rio became the port for these minerals and replaced Salvador as the main city in the colony in 1763.

When Napoleon invaded Portugal, the Royal Family moved to Brazil and made Rio capital of the Kingdom. When Brazil became independent in 1822, it adopted Monarchy as its form of government (with Emperors Pedro I and Pedro II).

In 2009, the city won their bid to host the games of the XXXI Olympics in the summer of 2016. This was the fifth bid by the city, whose 1936, 1940, 2004 and 2012 bids lost.

Top Destinations of Rio de Janeiro City

Rio de Janeiro is Brazil’s primary tourist attraction and resort. It receives the most visitors per year with 2.82 million international tourists a year. The city sports world-class hotels, approximately 80 kilometers of beaches and the famous Corcovado and Sugarloaf mountains.

Sadly, most people also know Rio for its violence and crime. The drug lords and the slums, or favelas, are the tip of very old social problems. There are important places in other regions as well, such as Maracanã stadium in the North Zone and the many fascinating buildings in the Centre.

The city is an important global LGBT destination, 1 million LGBT tourists visiting each year. The street and the nearby beach, famous tourist spots, are remarkable for their popularity in the LGBT community. Rio de Janeiro is the most awarded destination by World Travel Awards in the South American category of “best destination”.

Parque Nacional da Tijuca

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Pão de Açúcar

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Copacabana Beach

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Ipanema Beach

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Cristo Redentor

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Instituto Moreira Salles

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Museu Histórico Nacional

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Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas

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