Rio de Janeiro
Capital City of South America
Though Rio isn’t actually the capital city of Brazil, it is the heart of the country and one of the most dynamic, exciting and fun cities to visit in all of Latin America.
Known for being a city of natural beauty, excellent beaches and filled with people who love to have fun, Rio de Janeiro has more than enough to offer for plenty of different visits.
Easily reached through the Galeão-Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport, Rio also has a well established public transport system that feature both Metro and bus service.
Beaches and Nature Provide Plenty of Activities
With a thriving population of over six million residents Rio gives visitors a number of different activities to choose from. For those who love nature and adventure sports, Rio has incredible beaches, that offers windsurfing and paddleboarding at the famous Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach.
Beyond the beaches, there is vast amounts of natural beauty in and around the neighborhoods surrounding Rio de Janeiro. For the best spot to have a clear view of everything Rio has to showcase its visitors, head to Sugarloaf Mountain known as Pão de Açucar. From here, all of Rio can be seen stretching from mountains to beach to ocean and it provides a fantastic view of the other famous monolith in the city, the Christ the Redeemer statue.
Soccer is the Biggest Passion
What might be the true love of most Brazilians is soccer, or futbol. Consistently some of the very best players in the world are from Brazil and many from Rio. To truly get a unique experience, head to a match between one of the cities best teams Vasco or Botafogo.
The futbol season runs throughout the year, so there is usually a match playing to give visitors even just a taste of the match experience. And, with the upcoming Summer Olympics and World Cup coming to Brazil, there is going to be plenty of activity in the nation's stadiums, many of which can hold over 100,000 people.