The energy of Latin America is only but rivaled by that of South America. One of the most alluring countries in South America is Brazil. The mystique that has been synonymous with this vibrant country is very much fueled by the nation’s capital called Rio de Janeiro. The reputation of the Brazilian lifestyle conjures up images of the excitement of festive carnivals and white sandy tropical beaches. Rio de Janeiro has that and more. The national language of Brazil is Portuguese but the spirit of Rio de Janeiro is pure Brazilian. While the entire nation of Brazil has its own feeling of spirited living, Rio de Janeiro is the free spirit that lives within the natives of this amazing city. The famous carnival known as the Rio Carnival takes place over 4 days of celebration. This carnival which commencing 40 days before Easter may take place just once a year but the festivities of Rio Janeiro never end. All year round Rio de Janeiro seemingly has something to celebrate.
Playing host to the largest football stadium in the world is just one insight into the way of life of the Brazilians. It goes without saying that this is a nation of football lovers or soccer if you hail from North America. There is no one person in Brazil who would dare state otherwise. Brazilian sporting heroes like Pele and Diego Armando Maradona have in their time led the country into international glory on the playing field of professional football. Brazil also is host to one the new world’s seven wonders also known as the Sugarloaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar). The statue of Christ called Christ the Redeemer (‘Cristo Redentor’) set at the summit of the Corcovado Mountain is symbolic of the depth and diversity of Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil. Famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches are renowned for being lined with hotels and tourist hot spots more than most others around the world.
Nonetheless, they continue to remain the world’s most breathtaking beaches in South America. Rio de Janeiro is a unique blend of the exotic and untouched nature all around. Within natural parks such as Rio de Janeiro’s largest and second largest urban forests in the world known as Floresta da Tijuca (Tijuca Forest) and Parque Estadual da Pedra Branca (White Stone State Park) exploring Rio de Janeiro is like an adventure unto itself. Rio as this culturally diverse city is also lovingly called Rio, also has the nickname A Cidade Maravilhosa, or “The Marvelous City.” In 2016, Rio will host the first Summer Olympics for the first time in South American history. Rio successfully out bid rivals like Chicago and Madrid to take the final and winning vote. As host of the 2016 Summer Olympics, Rio has a lot of hard work ahead to prepare the city for the world staged event. Crime and unsavory neighborhoods have dogged the gloriousness that is Brazil for decades. No doubt the future of Brazil is expected to be further enhanced by the unexpected Olympic bid win.