Cidade De Deus: Exotic Rio de Janeiro
Often referred to as Rio or “Cidade de Deus” (City of God), Rio de Janeiro is certainly one of the world’s most beautiful travel destinations. With exotic beaches, beautiful girls, samba and a statue which is considered one of the new Wonders of the World, Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil, right after Sao Paolo. It is very difficult to determine which the most attractive sight of this city is as Rio de Janeiro is entirely beautiful and covered in amazing sights just waiting to be seen.
With a tropical savanna climate, Rio de Janeiro has basically never seen winter. The average minimum temperature of this country is 20 degrees Celsius and the maximum temperature can even reach 41 degrees. Back in 2008, the total population of Rio de Janeiro was 11,513,000 people living mainly in the metropolitan region of this city. Leaving all number aside, Rio de Janeiro attracts millions of tourists every year and a vacation is Rio is certainly a dream than some people cannot afford. In fact, out of all the cities in South America, Rio de Janeiro has the highest number of international tourists every year, reaching a figure of 2.82 million on average.
The main attractions of Rio de Janeiro are Mount Corcovado and Sugarloaf (in Portuguese they are referred to as “Cristo Redentor” – the statue of Jesus Christ and “Pao de Azucar”). Christ the Redeemer is a statue located on Mount Corcovado and it is a must-see for all tourists headed for Rio de Janeiro. The statue measures 38 meters in height and its arms are spread wide open, as an embrace to the Brazilian population. This is why Rio de Janeiro is known worldwide as being the City of God. The Sugarloaf Mountain measures 396 meters and its name derives from the fact that it has the traditional shape of a loaf of refined sugar. Another main attraction of Rio de Jainero is the Copacabana beach with an amazing length of 4 km. Copacabana is host to some amazing New Year celebrations and festivities and, as you can see in the picture, it is an amazing place to be.
“Bibleoteca National” is the 7th largest library in the entire world and it holds over 9 million items. Soccer passionate will definitely wish to visit the Macarana Stadium which is the largest one in Brazil and will be the home of the 2016 Olympics opening festivities. “Jardim Botanico” is the botanical garden of Rio de Janeiro and it holds over 8,200 species of plants, as well as birds and wild animals. This is great opportunity to learn a bit about wild life and, thanks to a café located nearby, people can enjoy a cup of the world’s most amazing coffee and enjoy the beautiful views of nature.
The Rio de Janeiro carnival and parades are a gathering of samba schools all over the city, schools which spend all year long making costumes based on different themes and training their beautiful dancers to participate at the parade. Every year, these samba schools are competing with one another to see who can create the most amazing “carro alegorico” (float). Each samba school creates its own float which is considered the main attraction and symbol of each schools in the days of the parade.
Being a celebration of music and dance, the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro is an annual tradition and a powerful symbol of the Brazilian culture. Created by African slaves, samba is a dance that Brazilians have in their blood, just as they can play soccer. Brazilians move their feet like no other when they hear the sounds of samba.
If you are planning a 5 star vacation in the City of God, you should most certainly book a room into a 5 star hotel. As far as luxury hotels go, there is probably no better choice than the Copacabana Palace Hotel. With an outdoor pool, spa and all technological facilities (such as free wireless access and conference rooms with top-of-the-line technological equipment), the Copacabana Palace Hotel offers amazing views directly to the Copacabana Beach and it is an exotic and expensive place to be. An avenue city view suite with a corporate rate plan which you can book for 2 nights can cost up to €527.
It may be expensive, but Rio de Janeiro is a place that people often get to see once in a lifetime so spoiling yourself with an exotic vacation and seeing some of the world’s greatest attraction is definitely allowed. We must warn you: booking a room in February which is the Carnival period is going to cost you extra!11