Rio De Janeiro
For good reason Rio is known as “A Cidade Maravilhosa” (The Marvellous City). From the scenic mountainous landscape to the stunning beaches the whole city is a sight to behold. Rio’s natural beauty coupled with the warmth and friendliness of the locals attracts visitors from all over the world making it the most visited city in the Southern Hemisphere. This vibrant ethnically diverse city is packed with culture, history and heritage.
Rio is mostly hot throughout the year and has a “Tropical Savanna” climate which can sometimes mean periods of heavy rain from December to March. Rio city temperatures above 40 °C (104 °F) are common during the summer months but rarely last for long periods.
Why travel to Rio de Janeiro?
Host of the Olympics and Global Events: The Summer Olympic Games in 2016 will be held in Rio de Janeiro. The city was also a host city in the World Cup 2014. Rio also hosts the bi-annually “Rock in Rio” music event and is renowned for its New Year’s Eve parties and of course Carnival.
People: Cariocas are a friendly welcoming people and they are more than often happy engaging in conversation with tourists and total strangers. Throughout its history Rio has welcomed waves of immigrants from all over the world. People with different religious beliefs and ethnic backgrounds long ago learned to happily coexist in this vibrant multi-cultural city. Cariocas are considered beautiful people who like to take care of their body. They generally love to engage in all sorts of sporting activities which is very apparent when you visit any of the stunning Rio beaches.
Tours & Attractions: First-time visitors should simply not miss a scenic ride up Sugar Loaf Mountain and the stunning view from the Christ the Redeemer statue is a bucket list tick off. Other wonderful places to visit include the Botanical Gardens, Tijuca National Park and the iconic Maracanã Stadium.
Adventure: If you love sports and fun adventures Rio offers plenty: Hiking, Hang Gliding, Wakeboard, Surfing, Windsurfing, Trekking, Helicopter Tours and Sky Diving are just a few of the activities this city offers.
Beaches: If you’re seeking an authentic Rio experience you must not skip the beaches. Ipanema and Copacabana beaches are the most popular coastlines in the city but some travellers suggest you will find fewer crowds on Leblon Beach or further out West in Barra and Recreio. The North and South of Rio also provides miles of stunning coastline with amazing resorts and islands such as Buzios and Ilha Grande.
Nightlife & Parties: The nightlife in Rio de Janeiro has so much to offer; live music, nightclubs, bars, concerts, street parties, big events, and a great gay scene. We will do our best to help you make the best choice suited to your tastes.
Food: Food variety comes in many forms in Rio de Janeiro which is not surprising given the large immigrant population of Lebanese, Japanese, Italians, Spanish, German and French. Not to mention the Portuguese and Africans who have strongly influenced regional cuisine. The most famous dish is Feijoada, a flavourful stew of beans and pork that is considered the national dish of Brazil. Of course, if cocktails float your boat then you cannot leave Rio without trying the world famous Caipirinha.
Visa in not needed for EU. American Citizens will need a Visa to travel.
|Currency used||Brazilian Real|
|Area (km2)||243,610 km²|