Day 86, Brazil: Rio de Janeiro
Trip Start May 31, 2010
32Trip End Aug 26, 2010
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Rio de Janeiro is known for its natural settings, carnival celebrations, samba, Bossa Nova,
beaches such as Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon. Some of the most famous landmarks in addition to the beaches include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer ('Cristo Redentor') atop Corcovado mountain, named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World; Sugarloaf mountain (Pão de Açúcar) with its cable car; the Sambodromo a permanent parade avenue lined with grandstands which is used during Carnival; and Maracana stadium, one of the world's largest football stadium.
Rio is the second largest city of Brazil and the third largest metropolitan area and agglomeration in South America, 6th largest in the Americas.
Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Summer Olympics, the first South American city to host the event and will host the final match for 2014 FIFA World Cup.
These two days spent in Brazil made me realized that there are still so many places to discover in South America ;-) I have to plan another trip ;-)!