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.