Rio de Janeiro

  Rio de Janeiro commonly referred simply as Rio, is the most naturally beautiful city in the world. Rio is the capital city of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city of Brazil, and the third largest metropolitan area in South America. Approximately 6.3 million people reside within the central city, making it the 6th largest in the Americas.

   Rio de Janeiro is the most visited city in the southern hemisphere, and is known for its natural beauty, carnival celebrations, samba, Bossa Nova, balneario beaches such as Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon. Some of the most famous landmarks in addition to the beaches include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer on the top of Corcovado mountain, Sugarloaf mountain with its cable car, the Sambódromo, a permanent grandstand-lined parade avenue which is used during Carnival and Maracana Stadium, one of the world's largest football stadiums.

   Rio de Janeiro is Brazil's primary tourist attraction and resort. It receives the most visitors per year of any city in South America. The city sports world-class hotels and approximately 80 kilometres of beachland. Standing at the top of the famous Sugarloaf Mountain or by the Corcovado statue anyone would see one of the world's most beautiful landscapes. The 2016 Summer Olympics will take place in Rio de Janeiro, which will mark the first time a South American city hosts the event.