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Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro is commonly named Rio; it is the capital of the State Rio de Janeiro and is the second largest city in Brazil. The city of Rio is also the third largest metropolitan area and agglomerate in South America with 6.3 million people calling the city home. The city is served by Rio Gallegos International Airport which has many car rental outlets. It is possible to book car hire online to be collected at the airport. Many visitors to the city consider this to be the best way to get around and see all the sights this breath-taking city has to offer.
Rio de Janeiro is the most visited city in the Southern atmosphere and is most famous for its outstanding natural beauty as well as the city’s carnival celebrations, samba dance festivals and bars, Bossa Nova which is a well-known style of Brazilian music, the beautiful balneario beaches such as Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon.
Some of the other impressive landmarks and attractions include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer (‘Cristo Redentor’) which is on top of Corcovado Mountain, which has been named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Another must-see attraction is Sugarloaf Mountain with its cable car as well as the Sambodromo, which consists of a permanent grandstand-lined parade avenue which is used during the carnivals.
The climate in the city is described as being a tropical savannah climate which very closely borders a tropical monsoon climate. Average daily highs in the city can go up to around 30°C in the summer months and average daily highs in the winter months of 25°C. The city’s weather is commonly characterized by long periods of rain from the months of December to March.
The city of Rio is commonly divided into five different districts including the historic centre (Centro), the tourist friendly South Zone district which is wealthier (Zona Sul), the residential less wealthy North Zone (Zona Norte), as well as the distant suburbs and the peripheries in the West Zone (Zona Oeste), and the newest district, known as the Barra da Tijuca district.
Much of Rio’s churches and buildings are in the style of 16th to 19th century architecture, verifying Rio’s title as the cultural hub of Brazil. Some of the other important and impressive cultural landmarks include the Biblioteca Nacional (National Library in Portuguese) which is the seventh largest library in the world, housing over 9 million items in its collection. The Theatro do Rio, the National Museum of Fine Arts, the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden, the Imperial Square, the Brazillian Academy of Letters, the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro and the Natural History Museum.
The city of Rio is Brazil’s primary tourist destination, as it receives around 2.8 million international tourists every year. With the city’s world class hotels and approximately 80 kilometres of beautiful beaches, as well as the city’s natural beauty, it is not hard to see why the city is so popular.
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