Rio de Janeiro, was discovered on January (Janeiro) 1,
1502 by Portuguese navigators who mistook the entrance of Guanabara Bay for the
mouth of a river (Rio). In the beginning of the 18th century the city's
importance and population increased immensely as it became the main shipping
port for gold and diamonds that came from Minas Gerais.
With the inauguration of Brasilia in 1960, Rio de
Janeiro ceased to be Brazil's capital. Rio de Janeiro has a majestic beauty,
with built-up areas nestled between a magnificent bay and dazzling beaches on
one side and an abruptly rising mountain range, covered by a luxuriant tropical
forest, on the other. This unique landscape makes Rio one of the most beautiful
cities in the world. With its world famous beaches (such as Copacabana and
Ipanema), its splendid bay, and its wonderful climate, Rio de Janeiro is a city
that lives in and for the sun.
Arrival Sheraton Hotel in Leblon Beach has
a good view both to the beach and the slum. Night and days photos:
Corcovado Hill This is maybe Rio's most
famous sight: the Statue of Christ blessing the city with open arms. The statue
stands on the hill of Corcovado, which is 2,400 feet tall. The Statue of Christ,
the Redeemer was a gift of France to the city, and it stands 100 feet high. This
spot offers a 360° view to Rio. But we went on a cloudy day with occasional
Therefore I found some photos from the web:
Metropolitan Cathedral Built from 1964 to
1979 the cathedral is 262 feet high and has a diameter of 348 feet. It is big
enough for 20,000 people standing.
Sugarloaf The Sugarloaf is another of Rio's
famous postcard view. Sugarloaf is the name of a hill 1,100 feet high. It stands
around scenic Guanabara Bay, and is connected by cable car to a shorter hill
named Morro da Urca with 650 feet. The cable ride takes two stages (3 minutes
each). Here is the view from the first stage.
Squirrel Monkeys Here we saw a family of
squirrel monkeys. They are really little and cute. It was said that
the sighting of this rare animal in the wild will bring good luck.
Sugarloaf Hill Top The second cable car
took us to the top. From the top we have a wonderful view of Rio,
including the bay bridge.
Another panoramic view from the top.
Marius Restaurants This is perhaps the best
seafood restaurant we ever had. This lunch is fantastic with all kinds of
seafood, baked lobsters and shrimps,...
Here are some final images from the web.
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