About Rio de Janeiro
Why “Marvelous City”? Rio was so called in a carnival song composed in 1935. The song became the unofficial anthem and a symbol of the City of Rio de Janeiro.
Capital of the homonymous state, Rio is home to many of the symbols of Brazilian culture, and is internationally famous for its landscape, a blend of sea, hills and forests.
Among the attractions in Rio are Sugarloaf and Corcovado, with the statue of Christ, the Redeemer; beaches such as Copacabana, Ipanema and Barra da Tijuca, the Maracanã Stadium, the city Center with its historical buildings and churches, the Municipal Theater, Tijuca National Park, Quinta da Boa Vista, with the National Museum and Zoo and the Botanical Garden. We can’t forget Rio’s carnival, Samba and Bossa Nova (“The Girl from Ipanema”). In 2012, the city awarded the UNESCO World Heritage title as the first urban cultural landscape inscribed on the World Heritage List.
Cariocas, Rio´s native inhabitants, are cheerful, friendly, people who love welcoming visitors and showing hospitality.Rio de Janeiro is going through major urban transformations, and will be waiting for your visit during the largest worldwide cartographic event in 2015, when the city celebrates its 450 years of foundation.