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Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, capital of the homonym state, was founded in 1565. Rio became the capital of Brazil in 1763, and capital of the Portuguese Empire during Napoleon’s invasion of Portugal. The latter event was mostly responsible for the urbanization of the Rio de Janeiro region at that time. Rio remained the capital through the Empire and Republic periods. It wasn’t until 1960 that Brasilia took the title of capital.

The city’s natural landscape, surrounded with some of the most acknowledgeable mountains and beaches and some gigantic preservation areas of rainforest can only be described as breathtaking. Pão-deAçúcar and its cable car, Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) statue on the Corcovado mountain, and all the remainder of Tijuca National Park, Copacabana beach, a.k.a. Princesinha do Mar (Sea Princess), the Ipanema of Tom and Vinícius, or even Prainha, the surfers retreat, are just some examples of what makes the cariocas (city’s inhabitants) so in love with their home city.

Considering the gorgeous scenery, most of the buildings blend in with nature and the mountainous surroundings. Promenade Passeio Público merges its sinuous traces to the landscape and the curves go on trough the earthwork. But the areas which embrace the green are many in Rio. Created in the same epoch, Jardim Botânico, Brazil’s oldest botanical garden, and Quinta da Boa Vista, an enormous park, where Portuguese royal family used to live, are amazing showcases of both native and worldwide vegetation. And if hiking is more of your approach to nature, you can go to Floresta da Tijuca or even to the surroundings of Jardim Botânico.

The downtown area is crowded with incredible historical buildings, comprehending a nice variety of times and styles. Cinelândia alone is the stage for Biblioteca Nacional (national library), according to UNESCO, the seventh biggest national library in the world. Together with the Theatro Municipal and Cine Odeon, you will wish you had 360° vision. Actually, in regards to movie theaters, Cine Odeon is one of the few remaining movie theatres outside the mall complexes (most of them became pentecostal churches or pharmacies). Close to Cinelândia, there is also the MAM (Museum of Modern Art), possibly Affonso Reidy’s most famous work, and definitely, one of the most important cultural centers in Rio.

Lapa’s Aqueducts are considered the most fundamental construction of Old Rio, one of the city’s postcards, but that is not the reason why Lapa is so visited. Inspiration for a nice set of Brazilian literature and home for the thirties malandros (carioca bohemians), for decades it’s been the reference of Rio’s nightlife, presenting a great range of restaurants, bars, clubs, and show houses for all tastes and wills. Rio’s south area also has some renowned clubs and restaurants, such as Baretto-Londra, for a more intimate atmosphere, and Bar do Copa, with Rio’s most famous cart of drinks.

But Adventure World Brasil just couldn’t end this without talking about cariocas’ greatest passions: soccer and Carnival. The first is represented by the many stadiums around the city, but most of all for the Maracanã (or simply Maraca), which witnessed Pelé’s thousandth goal, Libertadores, and FIFA’s first World Championship. About the Carnival, some might say that Sapucaí is the event’s apex, and they wouldn’t be wrong: the samba schools really have some wonderful spectacles to show. But the truth is, Carnival takes over the entire city; more than just on Sapucaí, it has become part of the mise en scène.
 


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