Rio de Janeiro is the secret capital of Brazil and a veritable firework display of unashamed joie de vivre, football, samba and religious faith. The Centro is a modern city centre of urban canyons with faceless skyscrapers and chaotic traffic.
The focal point of today’s Rio is the monumental glass cone of the Cathedral Metropolitana. It measures eighty metres high and looks like a Mexican pyramid with four monumental sixty metre high windows that feature the history of religion through the ages.
Rio is a city of music and dance. In around 1920, carnival was born and with it, numerous samba dance schools. Each year during carnival season contests are held in the Sambódromo.
Football is loved by the inhabitants of Rio. Indeed, the Maracana Football Stadium is the largest in the world and can accommodate a crowd of two hundred thousand!
Păo De Açŭcar, Sugar Loaf Mountain, is one of the most famous mountains in the world and from its summit there are the most amazing panoramic views.
The city’s beaches, such as Ipanema and the Copacabana, the biggest city beach in the world, are real features of this wonderful city and a stomping ground of muscle-bound bodies and scanter than scant bikinis.
Rio de Janeiro is a truly fascinating metropolis full of contrast and a most alluring dream destination!