Rio de Janeiro, is anchor to the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area and second most populous municipality in Brazil.
It is the sixth most populous in the Americas.
Part of this city has been designated as UNESCO’s World Heritage Site named Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the mountain and the sea.
The city has the second largest municipal GDP in the country and 30th largest in the world.
Rio is headquarter to Brazilian oil, mining and telecommunications companies.
It is a home to many universities and institutes.
It is the second largest center of research and development in Brazil, accounting for 17% of national scientific output.
Despite the high perception of crime, the city actually has a lower crime rate than most state capitals in Brazil.
Rio de Janeiro is one of the most visited cities in the Southern Hemisphere and is known for its natural settings and beaches.
In addition to the beaches, some of the most famous landmarks include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado mountain.
The city hosted 2016 Summer Olympics and the 2014 World Cup Final.
7 THINGS TO DO AND NOT TO DO IN RIO DE JANEIRO
- Don’t drop the litter. Instead, put the rubbish in the bin.
- Don’t flash your valuables. Instead, be aware of your surroundings and avoid opportunistic thieves.
- Do not be surprised by catcalling. Instead, just take it as normal and ignore.
- Don’t wander into unpleasant streets with no lights. Instead, stick to tourist areas and avoid entering favelas.
- Avoid dining in the expensive restaurants such as the Copacabana’s Beachfront restaurants. Instead, go outside where locals dine for cheaper and amazing food.
- Don’t plan to visit the tourist attractions during weekend. They are always crowded. Instead, visit these areas during weekdays for better experience.
- Do not say Brazil is a third world country. Instead, just don’t comment on this since it is not true.
9 MOST INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT RIO DE JANEIRO
- The city has more than 200 rivers running through it.
- Most of Rio’s Samba schools are located in the favelas.
- Th statue of Christ the Redeemer is one of the new seven wonders of the world.
- The city has the world’s bluest skies.
- Rio’s Carnival Party is the world’s biggest Carnival in the world.
- The city is home to the eight biggest libraries in the world.
- Rio is named after a river that doesn’t exist.
- For five days a year, the city is run by a mythical Jester named King Momo
- It hosted the world’s biggest soccer game in 1950 when 173,850 spectators packed in a stadium to watch the World cup final between Brazil and Uruguay.