World Cup Brazil 2014: Rio de Janeiro

The schedule of the World Cup wasn’t announced, but one thing is for sure: Rio de Janeiro will host the final match.

And there are a few reasons for that: the biggest Stadium in Brazil is Maracanã, located in the center of Rio; Brazil lost the final of the 1950 Cup in Maracana, and Brazilians are eager to not only become champions, but to do it in the new Maracanã; Rio de Janeiro is by far the most known Brazilian city.

Rio de Janeiro, commonly referred to simply as Rio, is the capital city of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city of Brazil and the third largest metropolitan area and agglomeration in South America, 6th largest in the Americas and the main tourist destination in the Southern Hemisphere (Sao Paulo, the economic horsepower of Brazil, attracts a higher number of foreign visitors, but most come for business).

The city was the capital of Brazil for nearly two centuries, from 1763 to 1815 during the Portuguese colonial era, 1815 to 1821 as the capital of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and Algarves, and from 1822 to 1960 as an independent nation.

Rio is nicknamed A Cidade Maravilhosa or “The Marvelous City.” It is considered a Beta World City.

Rio de Janeiro is known for its natural settings, carnival celebrations, samba, Bossa Nova, beaches such as Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon.

Some of the most famous landmarks in addition to the beaches include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer (‘Cristo Redentor’) atop Corcovado mountain, named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World; Sugarloaf mountain (Pão de Açúcar) with its cable car; the Sambódromo, a permanent parade avenue lined with grandstands which is used during Carnival; and Maracanã stadium, one of the world’s largest football stadiums.

Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Summer Olympics, the first South American city to host the event.

Information in Portuguese: Rio de Janeiro; to search hotels, visit Hoteis no Rio de Janeiro.


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