Most cities in the world try to boost their appearance by building ever-taller architectural marvels. Rio de Janeiro figured out long ago that no architecture could ever beat the astounding natural beauty of its surroundings. Its nickname is Cidade Maravilhosa, or Marvelous City, for a reason.
Rio finds itself at the interchange of white sand beaches, mountains and rainforest and is far more than a pure beach destination. If you come here for the first time, you will probably want to start with the sunshine, cocktails and sexy bodies of Capacabana or Ipanema beach. Once you've gotten your fair share of those ingredients (admittedly that may never happen), you will probably want to head up to a slightly higher altitude to catch the Christ the Redeemer statue at Corcovado mountain, where you will simultaneously be in awe of the giant statue and the 360 degrees views of Rio.
Famous neighbourhoods include the city's center and the Santa Teresa neighbourhood where you will find many Portuguese colonial style buildings. Having covered these, you can sit back and do what residents do: relax at the Lagoa (Lagoon Rodrigo de Freitas) which is a great place for having a stroll, grabbing a bite and taking in the romantic atmosphere. This is what Rio is all about. [Review by travelindicator]
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- Rio de Janeiro is a city in Brazil. It has a population of 6,023,699, is situated at an altitude of 36ft and the best airport to fly into is GIG (Galeao Antonio Carlos Jobim, Rio de Janeiro)
- The currency used in Brazil is the Brazilian real (BRL)
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More Rio de Janeiro travel resources
Basic travel guides and information at Wikitravel's page on Rio, Lonely Planet's intro to Rio, Fodor's, National Geographic's convenient list of basics and Travel + Leisure.
The official website of Rio's tourism agency is obviously worth checking out, as are the travel blogs Urban Travel Blog, the always solid y travel blog and the My Little Rio Journal that aspires to give readers a taste of life in Rio. Another Rio de Janeiro travel guide can be found here.
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