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[South America trip] Brazil: Rio de Janeiro

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Rio de Janeiro is Brazil’s major city and one of the largest megacities in the world. Rio de Janeiro is also Brazil’s largest tourist destination and is widely recognized in South America. It has the second largest metropolitan area in Brazil and forms a very large economic network. Rio de Janeiro is famous for the Rio Carnival, the world’s largest event. It is said that 1.5 million tourists will visit the carnival in four days, and 5 million including domestic tourists will gather at the carnival.

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Location

Rio de Janeiro is a city located in the eastern part of Brazil.

History

Rio de Janeiro was discovered by the Portuguese in the 1500s, after which French settlers built villages, but the Portuguese expelled them. Rio de Janeiro, a small village until the 17th century, achieved great economic development when a gold mine was found in the 18th century. Rio de Janeiro has been improved in infrastructure and has become the capital of Brazil. The capital was relocated in 1960, but later became the venue for the Olympics.

Climate

Rio de Janeiro belongs to the savanna climate. From December to March, it rains a lot and the temperature is the highest. July and August are winters. Temperatures range from 15 ° C to 30 ° C throughout the year.

Language

The official language of Brazil is Portuguese. Some foreign immigrants in Brazil can speak Japanese, German and Italian.

Security

Rio de Janeiro is relatively safe in crowded areas, but it has a lot of pickpockets. Keep away from crowded streets. The Brazilian police are also in the area where they are constantly patrolling.

Race

Brazil is a multi-ethnic country. There are various races, including indigenous peoples, European immigrants, blacks, and Asian immigrants.

industry

Rio de Janeiro has the second largest economy in Brazil after São Paulo. Among them, industries such as petroleum refining, shipbuilding, steel, metallurgy, petrochemicals, chemicals, cement, printing, rubber, and food are very developed.

religion

Brazil is home to the largest number of Catholics in the world. Others are also very Protestant.

currency

Real is used in Brazil.

Sightseeing spot 1 : Praia de Ipanema

Ipanema Beach has a calmer atmosphere than Copacabana Beach, so if you want to relax, this beach is recommended. Recommended for those who want to sunbathe or lie down leisurely.

Sightseeing spot 2 : Praia de Copacabana

There are many people and locals are gathering, so if you like lively people, this beach is recommended. The end of the year is a very exciting spot with fireworks over the year.

Sightseeing spot 3 : Igreja da Candelaria

It is the oldest church in Rio de Janeiro. It is said to have been built by the Spaniards who were wrecked in Brazil in the early 17th century. It enshrines Our Lady Canderaria, the patron saint of the Canary Islands.

Sightseeing spot 4 : Palacio Tiradentes

The Tiradentes Palace is a beautiful building with columns like the Parthenon. It is now the place where the legislative assembly is held.

Sightseeing spot 5 : Catedral Metropolitana de Sao Sebastiao

It is the largest Catholic church in Rio de Janeiro, built in 1976. It looks like a pyramid with a strange appearance unlike a normal church.

Sightseeing spot 6 : Morro do Corcovado

It is a statue of Christ on the Corcovado Hill, which was established in 1931 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Brazil’s independence. It is known as a superb view spot.

Sightseeing spot 7 : Pao de Acucar

A scenic spot in Rio de Janeiro. It is a strangely shaped rock spot. It overlooks the entire city of Rio de Janeiro.

Sightseeing spot 8 : Real Gabinete Portugues de Leitura

The Portuguese Royal Library holds 45,000 Portuguese books. It’s such a valuable book that ordinary travelers can’t even touch it.

Sightseeing spot 9 : Escadaria Selaron

Escadalia Ceraron is a work by designer George Ceraron, with 250 steps made of tiles collected from more than 60 countries around the world.

Sightseeing spot 10 : Museu de Arte Contenporanea de Niteroi

A contemporary art museum designed by Brazilian architectural master Oscar Niemeyer. The appearance has a futuristic shape reminiscent of a spaceship.

Sightseeing spot 11 : Feira de São Cristóvão

The market is home to many folk crafts from northeastern Brazil. On weekends, concerts are held and it becomes a festival.

Sightseeing spot 12 : Santa Teresa

Many artists from Brazil live here, and there are many creative houses. You can enjoy the scenery by tram.

Sightseeing spot 13 : Estadio do Maracana

Maracana is the world’s largest soccer-specific stadium. It was the stage for the final of the 2014 Brazil World Cup. It is also used as the home stadium for Flamengo, the Rio de Janeiro soccer team.

Sightseeing spot 14 : Sambódromo

The Rio Carnival, the hottest festival in the world, is held here every year in the Sanctuary of Samba. Sambadrome can be visited even outside the carnival period.

Sightseeing spot 15 : BOULEVARD OLÍMPICO

Originally it was a place where old warehouses were lined up, but the city remodeling plan has made it safer. The colorful murals were painted by Brazilian artist Cobra, depicting indigenous indios.

Hotel

Rio de Janeiro has plenty of accommodation. Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport is nearby. Tickets and accommodations can be booked from the link below. It also supports other languages.

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