Fun Facts on Rio de Janeiro!
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 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!