City of Rio de Janeiro (State of Rio de Janeiro)

The city of Rio de Janeiro is included to the region State of Rio de Janeiro and to the state Rio de Janeiro

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For the perfect holiday, choose Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, just by evoking the name of this city of South America, the collective imagination transports you directly into an idyllic setting. Located in the south-east of Brazil, Rio was for a long time the capital thus developing its influence on the country but also on all the continent. A land of contrasts, what looks like the beautiful city of Rio, torn between a landscape of dreams, colonial architecture and expensive favelas, a gilded youth and a hard working one. Come taste the excitement of a country that is thirsty to conquer, expanding and carried by an atypical culture. Come to Rio de Janeiro to enjoy the sumptuous beaches, to discover the history of a country in full change, to learn to dance Samba during the carnival ... all the reasons are good to come to Rio!

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Rio a tropical and cosmopolitan city

The metropolis of Rio de Janeiro is located in the southeast of Brazil and is one of the largest urban areas in South America. Former capital of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro spreads over the islands of Guanabara Bay. Its landscape derived from the geological phenomenon of the "Brazilian crystal", offers a hilly coast overhung with mountains facing the sea. The tropical vegetation added to the Beautiful beaches give a wonderful aspect to the city of Cariocas. The city of Rio de Janeiro enjoys a tropical climate, the city being very close to the Tropic of Capricorn, a few degrees to the south more exactly. Throughout the year the temperatures are high with an annual average of 24Â ° C and a high humidity rate. It rains heavily during the summer period. When you come to Rio de Janeiro, prefer the season from April to November in order to avoid the summer period and its temperature records. Do not forget that the city is located in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are therefore reversed compared to Europe. Everything is done so that you come to visit Rio which is more and more put in front of the world economic stage. The city is full of monuments to explore, beaches to tread and activities of all kinds to exploit. In terms of neighborhoods, the city of Rio is divided into four zones: the central zone and its historical heart, the southern zone and its coast, the northern zone and the western zone. We must not forget the presence of shantytowns in the city of Rio, which is an urban planning flea. Avoid going out on your own, even if the state is working day by day to improve the security of the Cariocas and their living conditions in the favelas.

Sugarloaf and atypical landscapes

We can not begin our tour of the city of Rio without evoking the atypical symbols of the city. Let's start with the Sugarloaf where you can access it with a phone to go up on the heights of this rocky peak. From the top of this natural vestige, you can admire a breathtaking view of the whole city, from the beaches of Copacabana, to Guanabara Bay, to admire especially during the sunset. Another unmissable site of the city of Rio, the famous statue of the Cristo Redentor or Christ the Redeemer who toises from his 40 meters high the city of Rio, arms crossed. From the top of Corcovado Peak, some consider this statue to be the eighth wonder of the world. To get there, you can either take the train from Rua Cosme Velha or take a taxi to cross then the biggest urban forest, the forest of Tijuca. This forest is also considered a national park with endangered exotic animal species and many historic sites. In fact, discover the Cascatinha, the small waterfall, the fairy lake, the cave of Paulo and Virginia, the Mayrink chapel, the Barcao, the solitude pond and the Mirador Excelsior.

A diversified and important culture

The city of Rio also includes various museums that are worth the trip. See you in the more than thirty museums and galleries of the city, here is a concentrate. The National Historical Museum traces the exceptional history of Brazil in more than fourteen rooms. The museum itself is already a place to visit in being one of the oldest buildings in the city. Former residence of the imperial family located in the park of Quinta de Boa Vista, this former palace is now home to the national museum which offers you to discover a very large scientific collection gathering together Ethnological, zoological and archeological elements. And finally, the Museum of Fine Arts brings together the largest collection of art in Rio, international and Brazilian works. Many religious monuments abound in the city, the cariocas being a people very fervent towards the catholic religion. Therefore, here is a brief presentation of the religious heritage to visit in Rio de Janeiro. Let's start with the Gloria Church called Gloria Nossa Senhora. This church is unobstructed by its white and elegant storefront, located at the top of Guanabara Bay. Then do not miss a minute to visit the Monastery of Sao Bento built from colonial Baroque style. Discover the many ornaments typical of the religious scene and above all, listen to the gospel songs sung every day. The Church of Sao Francisco da Penitencia has a particular architecture, a meticulousness and a breathtaking aestheticism. Baroque style, you will find jacaranda furniture and chandeliers in sterling silver to make you dizzy during your visit. And finally come to discover the Cathedral of Sao Sebastio in the district of Lapa. This cathedral has the peculiarity of being quite recent compared to these holidays, made in concrete and glass in the shape of a cone, it serves as a cemeterie to the Rio city.

A luxuriant nature

Continuing our tour of the city with the discovery of gardens and wonders of nature to visit in Rio. As you have read previously, the Tijuca National Park is a marvel not to be missed during your stay. The botanical garden is also an essential place to visit especially for lovers. This garden offers a romantic setting with its lush vegetation and prominent. Cross this garden to go up the mountain Pedra da Gavea at 900 meters altitude, lover of strong sensation, you can practice paragliding. The Urca hill above Guanabara Bay offers you an exceptional view of these wonderful beaches. We could not give you a description of Rio without To evoke its dream beaches, full of charm and exoticism. The best known of all is of course the beach of Copacabana. Very touristic, it extends over six kilometers and forms a perfect curve that will delight your sunny days. The beach of Ipanema as for it is frequented by the golden youth of the beautiful districts of Rio, the beach being in a posh district where you will find all the luxury shops. If you want to relax on a more secluded beach, go to the beaches of Sao Conrado, Barra da Tijuca, Grumari or Recreio dos bandeirantes. For those who are looking for a surf spot, take advantage of the more discrete beach of Prainha. The Guanabara Bay protected by its two forts offers boats to visit the surrounding islands of Rio. You will have at your disposal more than eighty to visit, unstoppable points of view to admire the horizon of Rio de Janeiro.

Rio, a city of festivities and flavors

Rio would be nothing without its entertainment that punctuate the year. Festive city, live the night by discovering the Lapa district which is full of restaurants, bars and cafes that play samba. Also discover another style of music made in Rio, the baile funk at Castellos das Pedras. The major event of the year in Rio remains the carnival on the avenue Marquês de Sapucai and in the sambodrome which becomes the scene of the parade of the various events. Dance schools of Samba. And to finish our tour of the city, discover the carioca cuisine. The city of Rio is the result of a mingling between different nations and this is even more convincing when one observes the gastronomy of Rio. Let's start with the moquecas, cooked fish and vatapas made from shrimp, coconut milk and bread. To continue to taste the churrascos, the typical grills of the south of the country and the cozidos of Portuguese influence. You will not be able to pass by caldo verde, this cabbage, sausage and potato soup and fejoada, a kind of pot-au-feu with pork and black beans. As for desserts, let yourself be tempted by coconut guindim which is a coconut flan and other pastries of which are very fond of cariocas. Discover the typical drinks of the country such as caipirinha or batidas. If you are passing through the city of Rio, do not hesitate to test a rodizio where you can, for a fixed price, eat as much fish, meat, vegetables, vegetables, rice as you like.

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To go to Rio de Janeiro

To get to Rio de Janeiro, it's easy, just fly from Paris. The city of Rio de Janeiro offers its visitors three airports: the international airport of Galileo-Antonio Carlos Jobim, the airport of Santos Dumont and the airport of Jacarepaguá- Roberto Marinho. The international airport of Galileo-Antonio Carlos Jobim is the one by which you have the best chance of landing. From Paris, take a flight from Charles de Gaulle Airport. There are different direct flights for most of them, you will have to see a stopover. The flight lasts on average more than 15 hours. The airport is located about twenty kilometers north of downtown Rio. Arrived in Rio, you can either take a yellow or blue taxi to the city center or take a bus. You can either take the Premium Auto Onibus bus or the bus 2918, or the bus 2145 which starts every twenty minutes from 5:30 to 22:30.

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