Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
Lots of Brazilians like dancing Samba, which is both the dance and the music genre. One of the most popular Brazilian cultural expressions, Samba has become an icon of Brazilian national identity. It is recognized around the world as a symbol of Brazil and the Brazilian Carnival is one of the most celebrated events of the year. It's an unending explosion of color, music, samba and life, which is seen by millions of people every year. Rio has, undoubtedly, the best Carnival parade in the world.
A place of natural beauties
It is impossible to imagine a trip to Rio de Janeiro without visiting Christ the Redeemer. Located on top of Corcovado Mount, the monument is the best-known Brazilian image, famous all over the world. Every year, more than six hundred thousand people are taken to Christ the Redeemer's statue through the almost hundred-year-old Corcovado Railway. From there you have the most stunning view of Rio de Janeiro.
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You can go paragliding and hang-gliding over Rio. The best place to do it is called "Pedra Bonita" and it is 520 m high and offers a fantastic flight over the city, landing on "Pepino Beach," one of the longest beaches, west of Copacabana and Ipanema.
Look at the hang-gliding launch... Incredible, isn't it?
Rio's best known beach
Copacabana is one of the main tourist spots of Rio de Janeiro. Imagine yourself lying on a 4 km long beach, relaxing and enjoying the view of the inviting ocean and the magnificent Sugarloaf Mountain? Yes, Paradise is here!!!
Watching the fireworks at the Copacabana Beach on New Year's Eve is an unforgettable experience. Over 2 million people gather there to celebrate the New Year.
Well-known because of "The Girl from Ipanema", this neighborhood is one of the most famous in Rio after Copacabana. The beach is smaller than Copacabana and is split in two by the canal that separates Ipanema and Leblon.
Yes, beach soccer is almost as played as soccer in Rio
A mixture of soccer and volleyball is also have common. And you can even met famous ex-soccer players for the Brazilian national team such as Romario and Renato Gaucho playing at Ipanema Beach.
The Maracanã stadium was partially rebuilt in preparation for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, the 2014 World Cup (which will be the first one held in Brazil since 1950) and also the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics opening and closing ceremonies. The Maracanã stadium will also host the final of the 2014 World Cup.