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About Rio de Janeiro


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One of the major economic and cultural hubs of South America, the City of Rio de Janeiro sits at the heart of the Southeastern Region where 60% of the Brazilian GDP is concentrated. A cosmopolitan metropolis, known worldwide for its scenic beauty and its natural resources, the city provides a harmonious and agreeable environment for its inhabitants and visitors, for both leisure and work, which combined with its infrastructure, makes Rio an important center for commerce and services, with the advantage of a modern and diversified industrial sector. The City of Rio de Janeiro, which occupies an area of 1.261 Km2, and has a population of 5.850.544 (according to the IBGE 2000 census), recognizes that one of its main virtues is the kindness and hospitality with which its residents welcome all visitors.

The City of Rio de Janeiro receives annually more than 2 million foreign tourists, which according to EMBRATUR makes it the most visited city in the country, with an approximate share of 33% of the total number of foreign tourists. Added to this more than 5 million Brazilian tourists visit the city per year. With its ample infrastructure of tourism services, Rio de Janeiro is ranked among the top destinations in the world in reception for cultural, commercial, technical and scientific events – fairs, symposia, congresses, conventions and exhibitions. Its exuberant natural resources include 90 Km of beaches, the Tijuca National Park, which includes the largest urban forest in the world, with 3,200 hectares of Atlantic Forest, the State Parks of Pedra Branca, Desengano and Chacrinha, covering an area of 48.500 hectares, and the Rodrigo de Freitas, Jacarepaguá, Camorim, Tijuca and Marapendi lakes and lagoons.

State: 43.910 Km2
City: 1.261 Km2


State: 14.367.225
State: 5.850.544

National GDP:

R$ 864 billion

State participation in GDP:

R$ 96,9 billion (11,3%)

City participation in GDP:

R$ 72,5 billion

Per capita income in the State:
R$ 7.152,97 (US$ 3577)

Registered companies:

134. 379 in the State


Tourist Attractions

Arcos da Lapa e Santa Tereza
Located in the Largo da LapaSquare,the center of Rio’s turn-of-the-century nightlife, the Lapa Arches hold their place in history as the most monumental work undertaken in colonial Rio. This magnificent structure contains 42 arches in two tiers. Originally built as an aqueduct to supply the city with water, today they carry another outstanding attraction: the scenic tramlines linking the Carioca Station downtown to the picturesque Santa Teresa district, a vibrant artistic community, with a great range of bars, restaurants, museums, cultural centers and artist’s studios.

Corcovado - The Statue of Christ

This is one of the main beauty spots in the city, standing 2,330 feet above sea level and providing a sweeping panoramic view of sea and mountain, a world famous vista. The mountain is crowned with the statue of Christ, 98 feet high with a 26 foot pedestal containing a chapel that can hold 150 people. The top of the Corcovado Hill, located in the Tijuca National Park, can be reached by electric train or by taxi. Address: Railroad Station - RuaCosme Velho, 513 - Cosme Velho - Phone: (55 21) 2558-1329 Visiting hours: Daily 8:30am - 6:30pm

Floresta da Tijuca

Rio's largest park is the Tijuca National Park, covering 3,300 hectares, and including Tijuca Forest. The Park is the largest urban forest in the world. As you look up at the Corcovado from the Lagoa, the mass of greenery clinging to the edge of the mountain and stretching miles to your left, is the Tijuca National Park. Roads run through the entire length of the park allowing visitors to enjoy its many natural wonders, and at the weekend some of the routes become pedestrian only. The most well known part of the park is the Tijuca Forest which is reached from Alto da Boa Vista, accessible from all parts of the city. 

Jardim Botânico

A paradise of plants and trees from the four corners of the earth. Founded in 1808, it spreads over an area of about 340 acres. Over 5000 species of plants, some of the most impressive beingthe Imperial Palms planted in 1842. Address: Rua Jardim Botânico, 1008 - Jardim Botânico - Phone: (55 21) 2294-9349 Open: Daily, 8am - 5pm

Pão de Açúcar - Sugar Loaf

This natural symbol of Rio de Janeiro can be seen at the entrance to Guanabara Bay. There are two stages in the cable-car trip to the top of the rock. The first is from the station at Praia Vermelha to Urca Hill, which rises 705 feet above the bay, and the second links Urca Hill to the top of Sugar Loaf, 1,300 feet high. Each stage lasts three minutes. For tourists seeing Rio from the air, there is now a Tourist Heliport located on the top of Urca Hill. Address: Cable Car Station - Av. Pasteur, 520 - Praia Vermelha - Phone: (55 21) 2546-8400 Visiting hours: Daily, 8am - 10pm

Teatro Municipal

Designed and built by A. Guilbert and Francisco de Oliveira Passos, the theatre was inaugurated on July 14, 1909. The main murals are by Eliseu Visconti - the ceiling and back drop - by Rodolfo Amoedo. Mosaics are by Henrique Bernadelli. Address: Pça. Floriano, s/nº - Downtown - Phone: (55 21) 2544-2900 - Guided visit: Mon/Tue and Thu/Fri , 9am - 4pm



Only naturist beach in Rio de Janeiro, is located in the Area of Environmental Protection Grumari and has approximately 1.5 kilometers in length.

Crystal clear waters, surrounded by mountains and tropical vegetation Beach.


800 meters of sand located at the beginning of Ipanema and backed by a pleasant park.


Barra da Tijuca

Rio’s longest beach, it stretches over 18km along Av. Sernambetiba. A hot spot on the beach is the area around the Barraca do Pepê, a famous brazilian hang glider who died competing outside Brazil.



Barra de Guaratiba

It lies in a region of ecological reserve, between the sandbank marambaia, mangroves and rainforest.




One of the world’s most famous beach, curving along the elegant Av. Atlântica. It stretches for around 3,4km from Av. Princesa Isabel, in the east, to the Copacabana Fort in the west. The widest beach in Rio, Copacabana is the home of beach soccer and volleyball.


Reddish sand in an unspoiled setting. The sea is often rough here. It is also an Environmental Protected Area.




Renowned for the hit tune "Girl from Ipanema", spreads over 2km and is separated from Leblon by the canal at Jardim de Alah (Alah’s Garden) which links the Lagoa to the sea.





To get just the car. Is located in the middle of the road Joah, linking São Conrado to Barra da Tijuca. It is necessary to go down a path between the rocks to reach the small beach, and older children should have extra attention. The sand is very white, the sea allows both surfing and the bathroom. Perfect place to relax with family and good for surfers catch waves.


Around 1,3km Leblon runs from Ipanema to the Leblon belvedere, one of the most beautiful views of both beaches.





Leme and Copacabana seem to be the same beach as there’s no physical break separating them. Leme is around1km long.




Macumba Beach

It is a long beach with kiosks throughout the waterfront and bike path. The stone Depth separates the Macumba Beach Playground. At low tide, a narrow path in the sand forms the beach to the headland, allowing you to reach it. The climb to the top takes about an hour. The view up there is worth the effort of the climb. You can see on the right side, the entire length of the beach to Barra da Tijuca Recreation and left Prainha. Favorite spot for surfers for its full and long waves practically year-round, ideal for long borders.


The Devil's Beach is on the left of Arpoador Rock. A small beach in front of the open sea, surrounded by coconut trees. There is a small square, before the descent to the beach with benches where you can sit and enjoy the scenery enjoying an ice cold coconut water. It has this name because when it is facing, is much more violent at that


At Urca - 245 meters long situated below hill.






A secluded sandy strip, 700 meters long, Prainha is a surfer’s beach. It is an Environmental ProtectedArea.



Recreio dos Bandeirantes

A charming 2km long inlet at the end of Sernambetiba Ave. Sheltered by a the large rock, Recreio is safe for swimming.






Wild-looking beach, located between the beach of Barra da Tijuca Beach and Recreation.  





São Conrado

Its official name is Praia da Gávea, but is better known as Pepino. It is the landing area for the city’s hang gliders who pack the sky each weekend with their colorful kites.





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