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Rio de Janeiro, home to the world famous Rio Carnival, is the second largest city of Brazil. Rio de Janeiro, or Rio, is also home to a delightful array of natural landscapes and attracts tourists from all over the world with its laid back beach culture. The surrounding white sand beaches, lush green rainforests and majestic mountains bless Rio with one of the most spectacular settings in the world and its cosmopolitan lifestyle, numerous attractions and wild nightlife ensures that all sorts of travellers can grab a share of what Rio has to offer and call it their own.
Rio might have its share of problems, but the cariocas (the name by which its residents are called) seem to have perfected the art of living. Cariocas are famous for their laid back lifestyles, cafe culture and the fact that they just don’t seem to care. Their lifestyle is well supported by the various scenic expanses, world famous beaches, open air cafes and countless dance halls and bars that also make Rio one of the most seductive cities on earth. In addition to its magnificent beaches and cafes, the city also boasts of a beautiful architectural heritage and is home to some of the best galleries and restaurants in the city.
Whether you choose to hone your surfing skills at Prinha or hike through the lush forests of Tijuca, whether you prefer the laid back beach life of the Ipanema Beach or wish to party like an animal in Lapa, there is no other city that allows you to express yourself the way Rio does. The most famous attraction of Rio is its annual carnival, known as the Rio Carnival. It is one of the wildest, hottest, sultriest and most exotic carnivals in the world and is known to attract millions of tourists every year.
The magnificent shopping facilities offered in the countless shopping malls and markets and the gorgeous views from the Corcovado Mountain simply adds to what Rio has to offer and makes it the ideal holiday paradise.
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Rio De Janeiro
holidays - Top Places To Go
|What is it? The distinctive statue of Christ the
Redeemer, arms spread to welcome the world, is one of the world's
best-known monuments. It rests on top of Rio de Janeiro's Corcovado
mountain, 2,330ft (710m) above the beaches below, and is accessed
via a miniature train that runs from the Cosme Vehlo District
through the Atlantic rainforest to the foot of the statue. The
train ride offers stunning vistas of Rio, and the view from the
summit is breathtaking. Spread out beneath the statue is the Tijuca
Forest, resplendent with attractions to enchant visitors in the
cool of the rainforest among natural pools and waterfalls. There is
for example the Mayrink chapel which features murals painted by
Candido Portinari, one of Brazil's best known modern artists, and
the Museu do Acude, housing colonial furniture and a collection of
china from the East India Company.
Hours of Operation: Daily 8am to 6pm
Phone:(21) 2546 8400
|2. Sugar Loaf
Av. Pasteur 520
|What is it? The summit of Rio's unique 887ft high (270m)
belvedere, named Sugar Loaf because of its resemblance to the
loaves of sugar used by the Portuguese colonists, can be reached by
a two-stage cable car ride. The first stage takes visitors up 550ft
(168m) to the Morro da Urca, where there is a restaurant,
amphitheatre, heliport and spectacular view of the Yacht Club and
Botafogo Bay. The second stage takes one the rest of the way to the
summit for a panoramic view of the city, and the whole of
Hours of Operation: Daily 8am to 10pm
Phone:(21) 2546 8400
|3. Botanical Gardens
Rua Jardim Botânico
|What is it? Rio's Botanical Gardens were created in 1808
by the Prince Regent of Portugal as a temporary site for
acclimatising imported plants. Today it is home to some 2,600
species of plant life, particularly bromeliads and orchids. Colour
is added to the botanical treasures by a wealth of wildlife, such
as Toucans, Tanagers, Marmoset monkeys and brilliantly-coloured
Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Sunday 8am to 5pm
Phone:(21) 2294 9349
Rio De Janeiro
holidays - Top Events
|1. Rio Carnival
|What is it? Brazil's tradition of throwing wild carnivals
early in the year (usually the beginning of February) is one that
was imported along with the colonial Portuguese, adopted and
streamlined into today's world-famous Brazilian event of the year.
Carnaval stems from a Catholic Church spring thanksgiving
celebration dating from the Middle Ages in Europe. When the
fun-loving Portuguese colonised Brazil they instituted Carnaval as
a period of abandoned merriment and street pranks. In 1840 the
Italian wife of a Rio de Janeiro hotelier formalised the carnaval
celebration by hiring musicians and giving a lavish masked ball.
Today each city in Brazil celebrates Carnaval in its own style, but
the crème de la crème of Carnaval celebrations is the one held in
Rio, where the focus is on the colourful parade of the samba
schools, which comes with extravagant floats, brilliant costumes,
magical music and amazingly energetic dancers. The action takes
place in the Sambodromo, a half-mile long path built specifically
for the event in 1984. At the end of the parade the samba schools
perform for an hour each in front of stands packed with spectators,
vying for the judges' favour and the championship title. Carnaval
time is also a time for street parties and elaborate night-long
costume balls, which are held in the top
Where is it? Samba Parade: Sambadrome. Street carnival takes place in