Rio de Janeiro City of Carnival and Soccer

Rio de Janeiro – City of Carnival and Soccer

In a few weeks the famous Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro will be the centre of the world, when the world soccer championship under the slogan  “All in one rhythm” is held in Brazil, from the start on june 12 tot the final on July 13, which whil be played in the Maracanã stadiumthe in this soccer-crazy town.

By hearing the name Rio de Janeiro everyone gets a certain feeling. We all know the famous Copacabana beach, the lush Carnival or the Christ Statue on the 710 metre high Corcovado. Idyllically situated in the jungle, and everything in the typical South American, relaxed atmosphere. But if you travel to Rio you will see, there is more than Carnival, the Christ Statue, soccer. It is also the city of the slums, where soccer is about the only way out. Walking threw the city with its rich an turbulent past, willl show you South-America in all its diversity, once the land of the Tamoio Indians, nowadays a city full of contradictions. Where rich and poor live side by side.

Rio de Janeiro, São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro or simply Rio is a commune and the capital of the State of the same name in the southeast of Brazil. It is situated on a wide Bay of Guanabara Bay and was Brazil’s capital until 1960. It was founded in 1565 and has about 7 million inhabitants.

Attractions

Botanical Garden –  In the  northwest of  near the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, is a botanical oasis,  first established in 1808 by Prince Regent Dom João.  It is quiet and peacefull on weekdays and very much alive on weekends, with music and families spending their weekends, it consists of over 5000 plant varieties, including Amazonian originals and Jurassic-sized water lilies.

Christ the Redeemer – Christ the Redeemer On top of Corcovado Mountain, immortalized in a song by João Gilberto. The statue of Christ opens its arms to all of Rio de Janeiro. The left arm points to the north zone (zona norte), the right to the south zone (zona sur), while the saintly pedestal offers spectacular views of Ipanema, the Maracana soccer stadium and the Serra do Órgãos mountain range.

Maracaná Stage – Maracaná Stage is one of the largest stadiums of the world, with a capacity of 200.000 spectaters. The stadium is home to four rivaling soccer clubs, Botafogo, Flamengo, Fluminense and Vasco. At the Maracaná’s museum you can behold Pele’s infamous number 10 jersey.

Sugar Loaf – Sugar Loaf is an  unearthly peak rising over Rio de Janeiro, an iconic place for a bird’s eye view of Rio de Janeiro, from Copacabana beach to Corcovado Mountain, as well as an equatorial Rio de Janeiro sunset.

Tijuca Forest –  Tijuca Forest All that remains of an Atlantic rain forest that once thrived around Rio de Janeiro is the Tijuca Forest, the largest urban forest in the world. Only fifteen minutes from Copacabana, the 120 sqaure kilometres, part of Rio’s Tijuca National Park, is a stunning place for a day hikking in the unearthly terrain with white waterfalls, with lots of birds, iguanas and monkeys.

Beaches

Copacabana Beach – Copacabana Beach, the legendary Rio de Janeiro hot spot, stands out gracefully against a backdrop of urban city and steep green mountains. It is probably the most important place for Brazilian tourism and home to countless restaurants, nightlife and shops.

Ipanema and Leblon – Two of Rio de Janeiro’s finest districts, Ipanema and Leblon, are also Rio’s high-end beachfronts (actualy one beach separated by a narrow canal) Cleaner and less crowded than Copacabana. Ipanema (“dangerous waters” in Native Brazilian) and Leblon are popular with intellectuals, artists, volleyball players and gorgeous girls and boys. 

Arpoador Beach – Between Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, the night-lit Arpoador Beach is Rio de Janeiro’s most important surf spot and weekend gathering sport for well-to-do cariocas. Cleaner and les crowded than Copacabana. Ipanema (“dangerous waters” in Native Brazilian) and Leblon, now both night-lit, are popular with intellectuals, artists, volleyball players and gorgeous “Girl (and Boy) from Ipanema” types.

Rio de Janeiro Nightlife

The people of Rio (the Cariocas) love to party. An evening out in Rio is a special experience, whether it is a post-football beer at a beach kiosk, an evening’s entertainment at a live music venue or a cocktail in a chic nightclub. most of the popular bars and clubs can be found in Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon and Barra, but for the best live music venues,  downtown Lapa is the place to be.

Rio is also a highly cultured city, with a young, ethnically mixed population, creative as shown in their music, dance and lifestyle, especially during carnival time. Favelas (shanty towns), are generally risky places to visit unaccompanied, but are often the source of new musical trends. Funk Carioca is an edgy bass heavy style of music that emerged from Rio’s shanty towns in the 1980s, whose popularity has spread into the mainstream.

How to make a real Caipirinha

Smash together some sugar and cut limes. Top the glass up with ice and cachaca – shake if you like – simple!

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