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Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is Brazil’s second largest city after Sao Paulo. It is renowned for its vibrant party atmosphere, with rumba music reverberating through the famous Carnival and of course the stretches of world famous beach such as the Copacabana. This is all looked over by one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Christ the Redeemer, a giant 40m high concrete statue of Jesus Christ, which sits on top of Corcovado Mountain.  

The Carnival festivities are one of the main tourist attractions that date back to 1723. The main goal was basically to get everybody soaking wet. Even emperors took part in the fun. The ritual soon came to an end after a woman was arrested for throwing a lime at Dom Pedro’s escorts. Now a day, the Carnival is dominated by the stupendous samba parade and the street carnivals that happen all over the city as well as the many gala balls that take place before, during, and after the Carnival in Rio’s many clubs.

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Why visit Rio de Janeiro ?

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Brazil’s second largest city

One of the Seven Wonders of the World, Christ the Redeemer

Rio de Janeiro offers a lot more than endless parties and sunbathing; there is also a lot of natural beauty to be discovered. Sugar Loaf Mountain is probably the most recognisable and sought after tourist attraction in Rio. For hundreds of years the imposing mountain had been used by navigators as a guide for the entrance to Guanabara Bay. The first Portuguese settlers chose the landmark as the perfect place to settle as it gave them a perfect vantage point to see the surrounding sea and mountains.  

Today’s tourists enjoy the beautiful views on offer with ease and comfort in a cable car. Sugar Loaf was first installed in 1912, and has helped Rio de Janeiro’s tourist industry steadily grow. Reaching the top of Sugar Loaf is actually done in two separate car rides. The first car ascends over 700 feet up Urca Hill affording marvellous views of Corcovado Mountain, the Niteroi Bridge, and Guanabara Bay. Transferring to a second car then elevates you an additional 1300 feet to the top where spectacular views of Copacabana and other beaches can be admired making the photo opportunities on this trip absolutely phenomenal.  

If you want to sample some real life Rio culture, try going to watch a local soccer match. As with most South American countries soccer isn’t just a sport it is a way of life and the passion that is exuded at a game is unbelievable. Be prepared to be shocked.  

The tropical climate of Rio de Janeiro provides warmth year round. The months between November and March are the extremely hot and humid summer season. The winter season is cool and dry for the most part with a little precipitation and lasts from June to September. Spring is a beautiful time in Rio de Janeiro with lower humidity and temperatures between 20 to 30° C (70-90 F). With the clear air exquisite pictures can be taken from the overlooks of Sugarloaf and Corcovado hills. This is also the perfect time of year to enjoy the Tijuca Forest, Botanical Gardens, and the Flamengo Reclaim.

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