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The city of Rio de Janeiro, famous for its natural beauty, blending the green of the mountains with the blue of the sea, has been named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in the category Urban Cultural Landscape, due to creative human intervention in a spectacular landscape. Living within this landscape are friendly and hospitable people, making the city a very special destination.
With a tropical climate, and an annual average temperature of 22ºC, the city can be visited all year round. In the summer the New Year celebration brings two million people to Copacabana beach for the fireworks display, and Carnival, attracts thousands to the Sambadrome to watch the Samba School Parade, plus the fun of dressing up and joining in the street dancing all over the city. In the cooler seasons, the visitor can enjoy the milder climate and appreciate the cultural side of the city, with its various museums, parks and cultural centers.
At any time of year, there are various sights for the tourist to enjoy, starting with one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, the statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of Rio's most popular tourist attractions. It stands within the Tijuca National Park, on the Corcovado Mountain, at a height of 710 meters, from where one can enjoy wonderful views of the city. Within the Park is Tijuca Forest, the largest urban forest in the world, where visitors can follow the trails and find the views and waterfalls. Another amazing green area to visit is the Botanical Gardens, a living museum with more than 8,000 plant species, and special attractions such as the orchid, bromeliad and cactus houses.
Another tour with spectacular views is the Sugar Loaf. Two mountains are linked by a cable car system, and the taller of the two is 396 meters high, providing a wonderful view of Flamengo Park and Copacabana. A visit to the beach at Copacabana is a must, and the visitor can follow the curve and end up on Ipanema beach, famous for the Girl from Ipanema. More beaches stretch along the coast, eventually arriving at Prainha and Grumari, protected as ecological reserves.
Restaurants offer a full international menu, but visitors should make sure they try the following three national dishes. First of all is the "feijoada", made with rice and black beans, "farofa" (seasoned manioc flour), chopped kale, orange slices and various types of salt meat and sausages, cooked with the black beans. Next comes the barbecue house (churrascaria) where meat on the spit only stops coming round when you've had enough, accompanied by salads and other delicious side dishes. The third tip is to try the seafood, which is abundant, varied and always fresh.
Night life in Rio offers a variety of attractions, in different parts of the city. There are famous nightclubs, samba shows, bars with live music and inviting dance floors, with every type of music imaginable, but not to be missed are the more traditional venues with a surprising variety of samba and bossa nova music - here the visitor will enjoy the true Brazilian rhythms.
Come to Rio! Christ the Redeemer and the whole city welcomes all visitors with open arms!
Information provided by:Rio Convention & Visitors Bureau