Rio de Janeiro – To The Best of Brazil
Housing one of the ‘Wonders of the World’, the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro is among the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Anchored to the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area, Rio de Janeiro is the second-largest city in Brazil and the 6th largest city in the Americas. Serving as the capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro, the city is Brazil's 2nd, Americas 6th and world’s 18th most populous metropolitan area. A city famous for its cultural attractions, a part of Rio de Janeiro has been given the status of a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is among the most visited cities in the Southern Hemisphere. Spreading on an area of 1,182.3 square kilometers, the city is at an elevation 0 meters and rises to 1,020 m above sea level and is home to more than 6,000,000 residents. Port of Rio de Janeiro is the third busiest port in Brazil in terms of cargo size. The city is not only an important cultural seat, but also houses headquarters of various oil, mining, and telecommunications companies of Brazil. Portuguese is the official language while English and Spanish are also spoken. The city was founded by the Portuguese in 1565 and then served as seat of the Captaincy of Rio de Janeiro. It became the capital of Brazil in 1763 and remained so until 1889, when the capital was shifted to Brasilia.
Galeão-Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport, Santos Dumont Airport and Jacarepaguá-Roberto Marinho Airport are the major public airports serving Rio de Janeiro. Galeão-Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport is the primary airport serving all international and most of the domestic flights. The city also has 4 military airports. Featuring savanna type of climate, Rio de Janeiro has 2 rainy seasons. The city experiences long periods of heavy rain from December to March and light showers for the rest of the year. In summer the average temperature rarely exceeds 27 °C, making it the best time to visit. Mercury starts to climb from April and till May the city experiences excessive humidity. Winter in Rio de Janeiro begins from June and is the shoulder tourist season. The weather is moderate and has less rainfall. In October and November, spring sets in Rio de Janeiro and is the best time to visit if you want to soak in the sun or indulge in adventure. Some of the major events and festivals celebrated in Rio de Janeiro are - Reveillon and Carnial on 31st December, Film Festival Rio BR in September-October, Independence Day on September 7, Culture & Science Day in November, Rio Boat Show in April, Bonfire Festivals in June and Proclamation of the Republic and November.
Rio de Janeiro is famous all over the world for it carnival, which is held in the week before Good Friday. The most popular landmark in the city, Sugar Loaf is a 50ft high monument dedicated to the heroes of Laguna and Dourados. When in Rio de Janeiro, make sure you set aside a day just to explore the numerous museums, churches and other attractions in the city center. A world of wonder, giant-sized statue of Christ is located inside the Tijuca National Park, which is the largest national park in Brazil.
Ipanema & Leblon, Prainha beach, Praia de Grumari, beach of Barra da Tijuca, beach of Barra de Guaratiba and beaches in Sepetiba Bay are some of the most popular beaches in the city. Museum of History and Diplomacy, Estação Dom Pedro II, São Francisco de Paula, Cinelândia, Morro da Urca, Copacabana and Ilha de Paquetá are some of the many attractions tourists should visit in Rio de Janeiro.
Eating and Shopping
Eating and drinking in Rio de Janeiro is very casual and it’s very common for restaurants and shops to sell beer as part of breakfast. The cuisine of the city is colorful and is packed with intense flavors, spices and options. While there are numerous fine dining places, classy restaurants and even budget hotels, the city is very popular for its street food and snacks. Almost everywhere you can find a food truck or local vendors shelling our lip smacking delicacies at dirt cheap prices. Pao de Queijo, Acai, Pipoca, Pastel, salgados, cold chope, kibes, tapiocas, caldinho, Kebabs and feijoada are among the most popular snack food you should enjoy in the city.
If you are on budget, then this might not be the heavenly shopping destination as the city is pretty expensive. However, there are a few things like clothes, handicrafts, alcohol, cigars, electronics and miniature Christ statues made of glass., which you should not miss buying. Shopping in Centro, Art, Jewelery, Souvenirs & Hammocks, The Hippie Fair, Copacabana Nightmarket, Barra Shopping on Avenida das Américas, favela Rocinha at Estrada da Gávea and Rio Sul are among the major shopping and shopping destinations in the city.
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