Rio de Janeiro Guide

Official page for the city of Rio de Janeiro (In portuguese) - Rio Guia Oficial

The city of Rio de Janeiro was founded by the Portuguese on March 1, 1565 and was named São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro,
in honor of St. Sebastian. The city had the name "Rio de Janeiro" since its discovery in 1502.
Rio only started to thrive in the 18th century when the port was used to transport precious stones such as diamonds.
The stones, gold, and eventually Coffee were brought to Rio from the interior of Brazil. It was then transported from Rio de Janeiro to Europe.

Brazil became a republic in 1889, and Rio then eventually became the capital of the republic.
Rio remained the capital of Brazil until 1960 when it was then replaced by the newly constructed city of Brasilia.
The city of Rio de Janeiro was a state until 1975 when a presidential decree ordered it again to have status as a city.  

What you HAVE to visit during your stay in Rio
Christ the Redeemer - Corcovado
Sugarloaf (Pão de Açucar)
Copacabana and Ipanema Beach


Official site of corcovado - Corcovado
Corcovado mountain is best known for the 38-meter (125 ft) statue of Jesus at its top.
Name of the statue is Cristo Redentor or "Christ the Redeemer".

The top of the mountain and the statue can either be accessed via road or by the Corcovado Rack Railway.
The year-round schedule is 8:30 to 18:30. For full information visit our Christ the Redeemer page.

SUGARLOAF - Pão de Açucar

Official page for Pão de Açucar (SugarLoaf) - Bondinho
SugarLoaf is a mountain located just in the entrance point to Rio by sea, and it is accessible by cable car.
For more information visit our Sugar Loaf guide.

Copacabana and Ipanema Beach

These famous and historical beaches are the premiere spots for tourists.
As most tourists stays in these neighborhoods during their visit to Rio de Janeiro not much travelling is needed to get there.
To get more historical information about these beaches and neighborhoods visit our Copacabana and Ipanema Beach page.


Maracana is the famous football stadium, owned by the state of Rio de Janeiro, and will host the 2014 World Cup final match.
The World Cup will be played all over Brazil, but the final will be played in Rio.
Currently the stadium is being renovated so no matches are being played there.
Currently a visit to the stadium costs R$20. For that price it is not worth visiting it as there is not much to see during renovation.

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