Rio de Janeiro

Considered by many to be the most spectacularly beautiful metropolis in the world due its super abundance of natural beauty, Rio de Janeiro is a unique combination of a large urban center coupled with a Brazilian tropical resort vibe. Rio is an amazing city, one of the most alluring destinations worldwide, the second largest economy in Brazil, internationally known for its carnival, its beautiful iconic beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema, Barra da Tijuca, and its tourist landmarks ,Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain.

A brief history about Rio de Janeiro

Its history began on January 1, 1502 when a Portuguese expedition led by Gaspar Lemos arrived at what is known today as Guanabara Bay: thinking they had found the mouth of a large river, they named the bay, River of January / Rio de Janeiro. Due to its strategic position, the city on the banks of Guanabara Bay developed as a port and commercial city for the principal raw materials of the time: sugar cane, wood and fish. In 1808, the Portuguese Royal family moved to Rio, making it the first European capital outside of Europe. A large contingent of Portuguese high society, perhaps as many as 15,000 people arrived then, stimulating one of the most significant economic growths in the history of Rio de Janeiro. The rise of the city as a world tourist destination began around 1920, renowned for its natural beauty, its welcoming population, its luxurious casinos and the inauguration of the Christ the Redeemer monument in 1922, elected one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Since the proclamation of independence in 1889, the city of Rio de Janeiro had been the capital of Brazil until the year 1960 when the seat of the federal government was transferred to Brasilia.

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Rio de Janeiro today

For the visitor, Rio de Janeiro offers its natural splendour, historic monuments and architectural landmarks, its rich gastronomy and of course its enthusiastic, passionate, extremely stylish, handsome inhabitants, the Cariocas. Rio is an iconic city, vibrant, friendly, sexy, energetic, trendsetting, surprising and never dull! The city takes pride in its myriad of unique options in accommodations, entertainment, shopping, gastronomy, sports and fitness activities from Carnival to Funk, from samba clubs in arty Lapa to high-end sushi restaurants in Leblon. In the economic field, Rio de Janeiro is the headquarters of important state and multinational companies, attracting investment in several areas such as petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, shipping, real estate. It is the city with the second largest GDP in Brazil and the 30th in the world.