The Sights of Rio De Janeiro
Probably one of the most famous landmarks in the world, the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer, is located on Corcovado Mountain in the heart of the city. In fact, this statue has been named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
No city throws Carnival celebrations (the South American version of Mardi Gras) like Rio De Janeiro, and the best place to view this colorful spectacle is from the grandstands on the Sambódromo parade avenue. To see the area from an even higher location, ride the cable car up to Sugarloaf Mountain. However, if your ideal day is relaxing in the sun by the ocean, Rio has a number of beautiful beach resorts that meet every need including Ipanema Beach which was made popular in the song “The Girl from Ipanema.”
Those who love sports will also enjoy themselves, as Rio de Janeiro is home to one of the world’s largest football venues, Maracanã Stadium, which is the location for the 2014 FIFA World Cup match. In 2016, the Summer Olympics and Paralympics will be held in Rio, the first time any South American or Portuguese-speaking country has been chosen to be the host.
If you’ll be in the city on New Year’s Eve, you can join the 2.5 million people who welcome the New Year on Copacabana Beach. Everyone dresses in white and attends the many all-night events along the beach. You’ll have good luck all year long if you shake your champagne bottle and spray it around at the stroke of midnight. Only Carnival is larger than this party!
Music, Theaters, and Arts Abound
Rio was the birthplace of the bossa nova and is home to many musical genres both old and new including samba and the newer Funk Carioca which combines hip hop, modern soul and other types of electronic music. The city is also the center of Brazil’s urban music movement.
Opera, ballet and classical music come alive in the Theatro Municipal located in downtown Rio de Janeiro. Designed in 1905 by architect Francisco Pereira Passos, this 1700-seat venue boasts French stained glass, rose-colored marble ceilings and a giant crystal bead chandelier. The outside walls of the theatre bear the names of famous Brazilians and international celebrities.
Rio is also home to the National Library of Brazil, the largest library in Latin America and the eighth-largest library in the world, as well as the National Museum of Fine Arts, the Botanical Garden, the Brazilian Academy of Letters and the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro.
Come Visit This Great South American City
With over 2.82 million tourists visiting each year, Rio de Janeiro is Brazil’s primary tourist attraction and resort. With all the great things to do and see, it’s no wonder the city is the most-awarded South American destination by World Travel Awards.
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