Rio de Janeiro
Whether you have heard or not one thing is a fact; Rio is one of the most stunning places on earth, where green mountains lie next to the tropical ocean, tropical beaches stretch out for many miles and where the jungle is never far away…
It’s not just a green jungle we’re talking about, it’s also an urban jungle, Rio de Janeiro is after all the third most populous city in Latin America. Rio was in the past the nation’s capital, now it’s Brasilia, but in many ways it is still the capital, most of all the capital of FUN.
Rio’s inhabitants call themselves Cariocas, they have passion and spirit which is unparalleled in Brazil and perhaps even the world. They have a thirst for the good live which never lessens, no matter the day no matter the week no matter if they’re rich or poor, they’ll never settle for a dull day. Life is lived to the fullest and dancing, drinking and flirting are their favorite activities.
Another favorite activity of the locals is playing football or “fushibol”, of course it’s Brazil’s national sport but Cariocas take great pride in their abilities and clubs. They play it where ever whenever and have even adapted it to their beach life environment: Beach football or beach soccer can be seen played on almost every beach. The biggest clubs in Rio are Vasco da Gama and Flamingo and they are each other’s biggest rivals too. For tourists it’s also quite easy to attend matches and if you’re a football lover it’s a must do.
Beaches: Copacabana, Ipanema an Leblon are best known, but there are also many more, for more info click here.
Sights: Statue of Christ the Redeemer ('Cristo Redentor') on top of Corcovado mountain it’s named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World; Sugarloaf mountain with its cable car from where you have a spectacular view; The Sambodromo: the parade street which is used during carnaval; the Maracanã stadium one legendary football stadium.