Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
ZipTipz Rio de Janeiro Travel Guide

Welcome to Rio, this wonderful Brazilian city! Come and meet the Girl from Ipanema, see the beautiful beaches and lush rain forest from the awesome Sugar Loaf and enjoy the glitzy nightlife of the Carnival city!

District Guide

With 8 million people occupying an area of 485 square miles, Rio is the second largest city in Brazil. The many districts of the city lie in three major areas: Centre, South, and North (which includes the suburbs). The more affluent South comprises the area between the hills and the sea from the...

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Historical Background

The village of Rio de Janeiro was founded in 1565 by the Portuguese near Sugar Loaf mountain as a stronghold to defend the territory against foreign invaders after the expulsion of the French settlers. The full name of the city, São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro, was a tribute to the Portuguese...

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Where To Stay

Where to stay in Rio depends as much on your budget as on the purpose of your visit. There are three main areas in which to choose accommodation: the more expensive and sophisticated beach front of Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, São Conrado and Barra da Tijuca; the business-minded city center; and...

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Dining and Drinking

Rio's cuisine is a reflection of the people who made this city. First Africans, Indians and Portuguese and later, the French, the Italians contributed their spices to a gastronomic melting pot. There are also many influences from around Brazil: exotic fish from the Amazon, spicy dishes from the...

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It is said that God is Brazilian. If that is true, then God must have been born in Rio. The creator has brought together, in this city, the elements that make up a work of art: a deep blue ocean, a lush forest right in the heart of town, a friendly and happy people (inhabitants of Rio are called...

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Recommended Tours

The roots of Rio are in its center. In the heart of the city, office buildings and streets abuzz with workers and chaotic traffic conceal traces of the colonial era to be found in its churches, public buildings, sobrados (houses of two or more stories) and narrow alley...

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Rio de Janeiro (pron. IPA ; Portuguese for River of January) is the name of both a state and a city in southeastern Brazil. The city was the capital of Brazil (1763-1960) and of the Portuguese Empire (1808-1821). Commonly known as just Rio (particularly in English and by its inhabitants), the city is also nicknamed A Cidade Maravilhosa - "The Marvelous City".

It is famous for its spectacular natural setting, its Carnival celebrations, samba and other music, hotel-lined tourist beaches, such as Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon, pavements decorated with black and cream swirl pattern mosaics, and the easygoing lifestyle of its inhabitants. Some of the most famous local landmarks in addition to the beaches include the giant statue of Jesus, known as Christ the Redeemer ('Cristo Redentor') atop Corcovado mountain; Sugarloaf mountain (Pão de Açúcar) with its cable car; the Sambódromo, a giant permanent parade stand used during Carnival; and Maracanã stadium, one of the world's largest. Rio also boasts the world's largest forest inside an urban area, called Floresta da Tijuca, or 'Tijuca Forest'.

Rio de Janeiro is located at 22 degrees, 54 minutes south latitude, 43 degrees 14 minutes west longitude (22°54′S 43°14′W). The population of the City of Rio de Janeiro is about 6,094,183 (2005 IBGE estimate), occupying an area of 1182.3 km² (456.5 mi²). The larger metropolitan area population is estimated at 11-12 million. It is Brazil's second-largest city after São Paulo and was the country's capital until 1960, when Brasília took its place. Residents of the city are known as Cariocas. The city's current mayor (2006) is Cesar Maia. The official song of Rio is "Cidade Maravilhosa."

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