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Rio De Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rio De Janeiro Overview

When speaking of Rio de Janeiro, most travelers think of exotic carnivals and long, beautiful beaches. And though Rio de Janeiro offers all that, it also offers much more. It’s home to one of the largest tropical forests in the world, a famous mountain that rises from the ocean, iconic monuments, museums and galleries. Rio de Janeiro is a large city with an amazing array of shopping centers and outdoor markets, music and dance venues, magnificent restaurants and some of the best historical attractions in all of South America.

Rio de Janeiro is a city with pride in its legends and traditions, as you’ll see it reflected in its music, art and cuisine. Though it’s the third largest city of the continent, it’s not the capital of Brazil; however, it’s the most populated and most visited. The tropical climate that characterizes this region is reason enough for a visit; though hot in summer, cool ocean breezes make it comfortable and enjoyable.

One can’t mention this fabulous city without mentioning the Maracana Stadium, a name that soccer fans around the world recognize. Located in the northern part of the city, it was once the largest soccer venue, home to famed player, Pele. Now visitors can enjoy a match between the four main local rival teams.

The northern part of the city is also known for the large number of historical attractions, and an important biomedical research institute, demonstrating that Brazil is at the forefront of scientific research.

The Southern section is known throughout the world for important beaches like Ipanema and Copacabana among many; these have been immortalized in songs made popular by renowned singers like Frank Sinatra and Barry Manilow. You’ll recall Girl from Ipanema, a classic. It’s also the site of beautiful Sugarloaf Mountain, which looks as if rising from the ocean; visitors can reach the top by cable car and enjoy magnificent vistas of the entire city. It’s a great place from where to go hang-gliding. You’ll recognize the statue of Christ the Redeemer, sitting on a high peak, as recognizable as the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The Southern part of the area is also the home to the largest urban forest worldwide; a visit to the National park is a must, a truly unique experience.

Rio de Janeiro is a happy place. It’s a city of dance, music and song. Visitors can learn to dance the samba, or enjoy an evening of folkloric traditions at any of the numerous music venues.

Another way to enjoy your visit to this great place is by savoring its cuisine; you won’t only find wonderful international restaurants, but a large selection of eateries reflecting the flavors and traditions from the diverse regions of the country. Its cuisine has been influenced by different periods in Brazilian history; it’s a mix of Amerindian, Portuguese, African and Spanish. And of course, everyone’s heard of the strong but tasty drink, Caipirinha, a derivative from Cachasa, a liqueur made from sugar cane. It’s one more of Brazil’s enjoyable delights.

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