Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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From its renowned beaches and scenic parks to its distinctive favelas and hectic city streets, Rio de Janeiro is one of the world’s most exciting tourist destinations. Millions of visitors now plan a trip to Rio de Janeiro every year. Located on Brazil’s southern coast, Rio is served by Galeao International Airport, which offers quick transport links to the city’s popular tourist districts.
Rio is home to an array of tourist attractions and the city itself was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2012. The most famous of all of Rio’s landmarks is the impressive statue of Christ the Redeemer. Located on the Corcovado mountain, this 30m high “Wonder of the Modern World” stares out across the city and the Southern Atlantic beyond. Visitors flock to the site daily, enjoying both the statue and the views on offer. A funicular railway, which is actually older than the statue itself, offers a scenic journey up the mountain, while helicopter tours are also available.
Corcovado and the statue of Christ the Redeemer are located in the Parque Nacional de Tijuca, the largest urban rainforest in the world. Walking trails offer the chance to see beautiful scenery as well as local wildlife, while thrill-seekers might wish to try a spot of hang-gliding. The city’s botanical gardens also offer a relaxing place of interest for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Rio.
The city’s magnificent beaches also prove popular with those planning a trip to Rio de Janeiro. Copacabana is world-famous, not least for its New Year’s Eve celebrations, while the likes of Ipanema and Leblon have everything you need for a perfect beach vacation.
Much like Brazil as a whole, Rio has a love affair with football (soccer). The city is home to no fewer than four major clubs: Botafogo, Fluminese, Vasco de Gama, and Flamengo, the latter of which is the most popular side in all of Brazil. Sports aficionados should try to take in the unrivaled atmosphere of a game during their visit.
Those wishing to enjoy the spectacle of the Rio Carnaval should travel to the city ahead of Lent, in February or March. This world-renowned carnival is truly a sight to behold.
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