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Rio de Janeiro by Brazilian Vacation Center

The cultural capital of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro has chronicled nearly 500 years of history.The city’s famous nightlife and its amazing architecture are world famous. Remember, thanks to this week’s sponsor, Brazilian Vacation Center, you can use 60-Second Geography articles in your own newsletters and on your websites.

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Rio de Janeiro

When travelers who have never been to Rio de Janeiro think of the city, they think of Carnival and New Years, of the nightlife and beaches. Fair enough, as these are the iconic snapshots of the old city. But Rio is so much more. Visitors will also remember the site of Sugarloaf Mountain with the statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain and the array of colonial churches and buildings dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries. But no one aspect of Rio can lay claim to the city’s heritage. It is the beaches, the architecture, the music and culture, Sugarloaf and Tijuca Forest in combination that makes the experience that travelers know as Rio de Janeiro.
  • The city of Rio de Janeiro is made up of 150 districts. Rio is an exciting city with iconic architecture and monuments.
  • The statue of Christ the Redeemer rests on Corcovado Mountain at 2,330 feet above sea level.
  • Sugar Loaf, the famous peak rising 1,300 feet above sea level (see the picture to the left) is accessible by a cable car ride.
  • Ipanema Beach, made famous by the song, is the center of Rio’s beach and night – life.
  • The “hippy fair” at General Osorio Square is a much visited site for mingling and people watching on Sundays where local arts and crafts may be purchased.
  • Brazil loves its soccer. The Estadio de Maracana is the largest soccer stadium in South America, seating 95,000.
  • Tijuca Forest is located adjacent to Rio de Janeiro and at nearly 8,000 acres is the largest urban forest in the world.
  • With over 5000 miles of coastline, Brazil’s beaches are world class. Some are highly developed while others are nearly deserted stretches of beach and ocean.
  • Until 1960, Rio was the capital of Brazil – when Brasilia, the current capital, was designated the capital.
  • Rio’s Carnival is the most famous in the world. Months of preparation and planning go into the event and more than 300,000 travelers pack the city each February to participate.
  • Rio’s Samba Schools, are highly competitive and have their own fan clubs. Carnival, apart provides an annual competition between the schools. All aspects of each school’s performance comes under the judges’ scrutiny: the theme song, the drum band, dancers, and standard-bearer.
  • But Carnival is not the only celebration on Rio’s calendar. New Year’s Eve in Rio is a spectacular event celebrated all along the city’s beaches when more than 2.5 million people gather along the streets wearing white clothing and uncorking champagne bottles by the light of a brilliant fireworks display.
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