When my baby smiles at me I go to Rio!


Rio de Janeiro is a city that dances to the beat of its own drum, home to 12 million people; the locals (Carioca’s) are very proud of their Cidade Maravilhosa – Marvelous City.

Rio de Janeiro has a magnificent beauty, nestled between a glorious bay with dazzling beaches and an abruptly rising mountain range covered by tropical vegetation.

Glitz and Glamour at Carnaval

Travellers will be overwhelmed by one of Rio’s most beloved year-round tourist attractions, the 38m high religious statue of Christ the Redeemer, which is perched at the summit of Corcovado Mountain in Tijuca Forest National Park.

Travelling to Rio without seeing Christ the Redeemer up close would be like skipping the Eiffel Tower in Paris or travelling to Giza without seeing the Pyramids, it simply should be an absolute must-do on every traveller’s itinerary.

Christ the Redeemer

Music is the lifeblood of Rio and travellers are sure to fall in love with the city’s unique soundtrack which begins with its signature Samba and encompasses old-school bossa nova, hip-hop, funk and Brazil’s many regional styles.

Rio’s fabulous beaches have also inspired many musical classics like “Copacabana” and “Girl from Ipanema.”

Copacabana, known as the little sea princess, is home to a 4km world famous beach which plays host to millions of revelers each year.

There are a number of perfect pastimes to participate in at Copacabana beach, including people watching, sun baking volleyball and beach football (soccer).

Christ the Redeemer looking over Rio

Rio also hosts the greatest party in the world "Carnaval" every year, which attracts millions of tourists, both Brazilians and foreigners who come from everywhere to participate in and enjoy the five-day festival.

The 2010 festivities will kick off on February 12 and last until the 16th with a parade of amazing floats, glitzy and glamorous people and of course amazing Brazilian dancing.

The highlight of Carnaval is watching the samba schools parading in the Sambadrome ("sambódromo" in Portuguese).

The motto at Carnaval is certainly that everybody should dance, celebrate and have the best time of their lives.

The Carioca’s and Rio’s thousands of visitors are certainly dedicated to making sure that this proposition comes true.

Copacabana Beach

The Marvelous City of Rio has managed to samba its way into the hearts of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), securing the rights to host the Summer Olympics in 2016.

There is no doubt that the 2016 Olympics will work as a catalyst to boost tourism numbers to Brazil well into the future.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F
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