Rio de Janeiro is the former capital of Brazil, a city that vibrates all year long in the colour, sound, rhythm and joy of Carnival. No matter how tired you are, at the end of the day, you can’t resist tapping your feats with the beats of samba. Christened by the early Portuguese explorers, Rio de Janeiro means the River January and nowadays it is fondly addressed as Rio. Situated on the south eastern part of Brazil in a state of same name as the city, Rio is an amalgamation of several natural and historical splendours. Squeezed into a picturesque and narrow strip between the rainforest-clad cliffs and the sea, the city has a little bit of every corner of Brazil.

Copacabana Beach

Rio de Janeiro is a land of vibrant contrast that captivates every traveller with its arrogant flamboyance. If the rolling slants of the cliffs are home to the less privileged residents of Rio de Janeiro, their gritty accommodations is halted by the posh settings and hotels of the Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon at the foothills. The tourism opportunities are in abundance in Rio de Janeiro. From a stroll on the sun-kissed shores of Copacabana and Ipanema to a hike up to giant statue of Jesus, known as Christ the Redeemer ("Cristo Redentor") on the Corcovado Mountain the city never fails to fascinate.

Statue of Christ the Redeemer

Instead of luxurious hotels, the tourists to Rio de Janeiro often board at comfortable yet more reasonable hostels and bed and breakfasts to save money to buy some emeralds, amethysts, and rubies from the city shops. Not surprisingly, the city stands out as an important business tourism destination too, which is a raising segment of the local economy. Capitalising on this, the warm residents often let their apartments for rent. The Carnival mood of the city grips the atmosphere all round the year with the clubs, restaurants, hotels and dance halls remaining open till wee hours in the night.

Cable car going to the Sugar Loaf

City View

City View



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