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Fun Facts on Rio de Janeiro!

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The story behind the name “Rio de Janeiro”

Rio de Janeiro stands for the January river. When sailors found the Bay (where Rio de Janeiro is now located) on January 1, 1502, they believed it to be the end of the river.  In honor of the King of Portugal, the name of Sao Sabastiao do Rio de Janeiro was born.

Most Famous Brazilian Singer

The most famous Brazilian singer is Antonio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim, the singer of “The Girl in Ipanema”. Written in 1962, the song was based on a young 15 year old girl, by the name of Helo Pinhero who would pass by a cafe on a daily basis on her way to Ipanema beach, a famous beach in Rio.

When in Rio, go back in history and have a meal or drink at Garota de Ipanema.

Christ of The Redeemer

The Christ of the Redeemer is the statue located on the Corcovado mountain, overlooking the city of Rio. The monument has been part of the Seven wonders of the World since 2007.

The Maracana

The Maracana, the soccer stadium in Rio was built n 1950. It’s now considered the most beautiful stadium of the Third World countries.

Rio’s Population & Beaches

If you are born and raised in Rio, you’re considered a Carioca. Rio holds 50 km of beaches along the State. It’s more than enough sand for you to enjoy!

About The Author

Tanya is an adventurous person who most enjoys the cultural aspect of traveling. She traveled to North, Central and South America, Europe, Africa and Europe. When she's not hiking mountains, she spends her time visiting local schools or families. It's a nice break from the 9-5 corporate life.

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Comments (8)

  • Federico

    Rio is a unique city, with high spirits, a thriving beach culture and entertainment 24/7. I was there a few years ago, right before carnaval (missed it by a few days) and had a blast. There are a few hostels near Ipanema beach (avoid the crab hostel), Posto 9 is the gathering place you want to lay your beach towel at and food is great. I can’t wait to get back!


    • Tanya

      I was there for NYE this past year and it was GREAT! You should consider that once you experience the Carnaval! I’ll def be in RIO during the carnaval next time. It’s an awesome city! I stayed in Copacabana but will opt for Ipanema next time :)

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  • Andy Steven

    In Brazil, instead of going to Salvador, try Rio. The greatness, beauty, rhythm, grace, sensuality that emanates from this Rio Carnival is unique. I got an invitation from the school of samba. They said they wanted to make homage of my work,“I was thrilled, and I couldn’t believe it. Carnival in Brazil is the biggest cultural event in the country. There will be thousands of people dressed up. There will be huge floats. It’s hard to describe in words. I’m very appreciative. I’m very thankful.”


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