Samba, football, festive atmosphere, stunning beaches… samba again. Those are the things that come to our minds when we think of Rio de Janeiro. Rio indeed is much more than all those characteristics and typical clichés. Rio offers dizzying heights and gritty city life that make it easy fall in love with the host of the Olympic Games.
“Marvelous city” is a super city with a population of more than 14 million of inhabitants. Rio is the second largest city in Brazil and also one of the largest in Latin America.
This municipality boasts a rich history, unique style and impressive culture. Home to enticing beaches and with one of the most beautiful settings in the world, Rio de Janeiro opens up its doors and offers you fantastic reasons to fall in love with it.
If you are planning to attend the games, or not, on this post we suggest you some areas of Rio de Janeiro that will help you to fall in love it.
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5 Reasons to fall in love with Rio de Janeiro
Located in “Zona Sul” and considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Copacabana is undoubtedly the most visited attraction of Rio. The beach stretches for 2, 2 miles in the east-west direction.
The best way to discover Copacabana is enjoying a nice stroll. Along the beach you will see impressive sand sculptures as well as numerous beach bars, perfect to cool off and enjoy “Agua de coco”(Coconut water) or a nice “chopp” (Draft beer).
Don’t forget to enjoy a nice swim in the Atlantic water and wait for the beautiful sunset, when hundreds of purples, oranges and reds streaked across the infinite sky of Rio.
The beach of Copacabana is going to be the scenario for the Beach Volleyball competitions. Any person that practice beach volleyball will guarantee you that Brazil is the best place to enjoy a good match.
Visit Christ the redeemer
At the Peak of Corcovado Mountain, overlooking the city, standing 700 meters high in Tijuca Forest National park, taking care of Rio de Janeiro, is the Christ the Redeemer statue. This 38 meters high statue with his arms wide open as a symbol of peace is one of the most beautiful marvels of the country.
Feels like “O Rei” at the Maracanã Stadium
One of the largest stadiums in the world, with a capacity of 100,000 supporters! Is a very interesting attraction you shouldn’t miss while visiting Rio. There is a tour available and is highly recommended because you have access to the entire stadium.
The best part of Maracanã stadium tour is the end, when you have the chance to visit the field. When pass the tunnel that leads to the field is exciting, as you can hear the roar of the supporters.
The stadium will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games, also is going to be the scenario for the football tournament.
Enjoy the lively nightlife of Ipanema
If these reasons haven’t convinced you to fall in love with Rio de Janeiro, we are sure that Ipanema will make you change your mind. This is a place that scarcely needs any introduction, famous for the bossa-nova tune “Girl from Ipanema”.
This is one of the most exclusive neighborhoods of Rio and boasts a fantastic beach flanked by the towering “Dois Imaos”. Ipanema is perfect if you want to enjoy a beautiful beach with fantastic amenities and services. Discover if is true that girls from Ipanema are tall, tan, young and lovely girls…
Dance at the shrine to the Samba
The “Sambadrome” in Rio is the scenery of the parade of Samba Schools during the Carnival of Rio. For the Olympic Games 2016 the Sambadrome is going to be the scenery for archery tournament as well as marathon.
During Marathon event the Sambadrome will have 30,000 spectators. The spectators will occupy the 600 meters of runways, ensuring a festive environment at the beginning and finish of the most traditional Olympic event.
Rio de Janeiro is fantastic! We are sure that if you visit it, you will find more reasons to fall in love with it. Have you ever been to Rio de Janeiro? Would you like to visit it? Tell us what you think about this city.