Rio de Janeiro, a favorite South American city and the most well-known, is a romantic, breathtaking, diverse city. Rio (as it has been nicknamed) is surrounded by beautiful white sand beaches, forest covered mountains and the rain forest. The cultural diversity and eclectic way of celebrating the arts and life leaves visitors with a desire to return after even a short visit.
Rio de Janeiro is known as the “melting-pot” of culture. The population is a diverse collection of immigrants that have created their own way of life providing an abundance of culturally embodied cuisine and activities for visitors to enjoy. From the flamboyant street activities to the quite cabanas, the city of Rio offers tourists a plethora of sensory appeal.
When visiting Rio de Janeiro there is never a dull moment. Surfing off Prainha, sailing on Guanabara Bay (Baía de Guanabara), taking the cable car to Sugarloaf Mountain (Pão de Acúar) or visiting the famous beaches of Copacabanna are just a few of the activities available.
As a favorite South American City, Rio de Janeiro is home to one of the “Seven Wonders of the World” – Cristo Redentor – Christ the Redeemer on Corcovodo Mountain. When visiting this wonder, the view is breathtaking and ads credence to Rio being a favorite South American City. This site is the most famous landmark of the area.
The history of Rio definitely adds to the romance of the area. The city has been the capital of Brazil, an independent nation, a former capital of the Portuguese Empire and now is a city. A common nickname for Rio de Janeiro is “A Cidade Maravilhosa” which means “The Marvelous City”.
Portuguese is the native language in this favorite South American City although most Brazilians understand and speak Spanish. The people of the area enjoy helping tourists but most Cariocas are offended if spoken to in Spanish.
Being known as one of South America’s favorite cities, Rio’s festive atmosphere can be over-shadowed by its reputation as one of the most violent cities in the world. Do take this to heart. When visiting, stay out of the slum areas, do not flash excessive cash or credit cards, do not wear an excessive amount of jewelry and try to hire a cab to take you to areas you are unfamiliar with. Do not go off by yourself. Unlike most large cities, the slum areas are right next to the wealthy so be cautious.
Rio de Janeiro is a favorite South American city and will hold the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. This is the first time in history that South American has hosted the Olympic Games. Now the world will have the opportunity to enjoy the history, beauty and charm of Rio de Janeiro.