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rio de janeiroRio de Janeiro, also known as "cidade maravilhosa" (marvelous city), gives joy to each visitor. Located in Guanabara Bay, Rio is capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro, and is the biggest harbor in Brazil. It is surrounded by beautiful mountains, white-sand beaches and green tropical forests overlooking deep blue sea. Rio represents one of the most spectacular locations in the world. Its citizens, called "cariocas", brought to perfection skills of living good life with seductive sounds of samba and people just can’t be immune to it. They are even more and more attracted by positive vibrations, music and smile you can find in each part of the Rio. Famous carnival in Rio is being held every year in February, lasts for five days and is accompanied by lots of samba, attractive girls and elaborate costumes. Sambadrome is part of the Rio where carnival takes place and 90,000 people can stand there while watching the performance during carnival parade. Famous beaches Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon are also the reason why Rio is very famous all around the world. Visitors can swim, surf, play beach soccer, relax on sand or dance and enjoy the life. Other than its beach, Copacabana is also famous by the most spectacular way of celebrating New Year’s Eve, when more than two million people celebrates on sand and watches magnificent firework. But more than everything else, statue of Christ the Redeemer is monument that attracts people from whole world. rio de janeiroIt stands on top of the Corcovado Mountain, with his arms spread out, and it is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. From this point you have excellent view on Rio, his beaches and tropical forests. There is also Sugarloaf Mountain, named after traditional sugarloaves that were used in the past and is tall 395 meters. You can reach the top of it going by cable car from the beach Praia Vermelha. Rio de Janeiro Botanical Gardens is designed by Joao VI in 1818 in order to include there plants of artistic, archeological and historical significance. rio de janeiroHere you can find Amazonian tropical species with more than 5000 varieties that demonstrate huge botanical diversity of Brazil. If you are fan of football, you definitely shouldn’t miss the chance to visit Maracana Stadium. Even women know that Pele, Ronaldo, Carlos Alberto and many others played football in Brazil. If you don’t have time to watch football game, you should at least visit sports museum. Other than Maracana, you can find other touristic and historical attractions like Manguinhos (biomedical institute in the form of Moorish castle), Quinta da Boa Vista (public park of great historical and architectural importance, where now is situated National Museum, and there is also the Zoological Garden inside the park with more than 2000 species of animals) and old imperial palace Paso. Tijuca National Park occupies about 32 km² and it is one of the largest urban forests in the world. The other one is also in Rio, Floresta da Pedra Blanca. On the peak Pedra Bonita you can fly kites, and kites finish their flight on the beach Praia do Pepino.

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