The Marvelous City of Rio de Janeiro

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Properties for sale in Rio De Janeiro, Rio De Janeiro, BRA

ESSENTIALS

Population: 6 million
Language: Portuguese but English widely spoken
Currency: Brazilian Reais (BR$)

DOWNTIME

Rio Carnival and Réveillon are considered to be among the most spectacular festivals in the world. For those seeking more sedate pleasures, the beaches and forests await.


One of the most spectacular settings of any city in the world, Rio was recently awarded the 2016 Olympics and is the first South American city to host the games.

Rio is famous as a tropical paradise with a vibrant culture where living in the moment has been elevated to an artform. The city’s residents, known as cariocas, have an infectious joie de vivre which pulses through the city.

At no time is this élan on more prominent display than the annual Carnival, a flamboyant four-day party that is widely considered the Super Bowl of global festivals. The population swells threefold as visitors from all corners of the earth descend on Brazil to watch the local samba schools compete in parades through the streets. Fueled by a feverish percussion beat, the teams battle to outdo each other with elaborate floats and extravagant destaques, the feathered and sequined dancers with high-rise headdresses that look like they’re straight out of the Zeigfeld Follies.

Second only to Carnival is the New Year’s Eve Réveillon on Copacabana Beach, when some two million people, all clad in white, come to listen to live music shows, watch fireworks, throw offerings of flowers to Yemanja—the deity of the sea, and shower each other in champagne.

Just 12 miles from Rio’s financial district is the 3,300-hectare Tijuca Forest, the largest suburban forest in the world and rich with Amazonian bio-diversity. The canopy tours showcase the park’s 30 waterfalls, hundreds of plants and trees, and more than 100 different species of animals. Guided Jeep rides are ideal to negotiate the steep terrain. Hike to the peak of Pedra Bonita and drink in the views of the city and nearby tropical islands; hang-glide rides to the base are available. Don’t miss the Cascatinha Waterfall and the Paul and Virginia Grotto.

Rio is endowed with a wide array of natural riches that include breathtaking mountains, white-sand beaches, and lush rainforests bumping up against the deep blue Atlantic. Surf off Prainha, sail across Guanabára, or people-watch on Ipanema Beach. Take in the world-class vistas of Sugar Loaf and Corcovado, where the outstretched arms of the Christ the Redeemer statue (named a Seventh Wonder of the World) keeps watch. The Rio nightlife is legendary; dance the night away or relax at any of the countless open air cafes. The shopping sets new standards. Estádio do Maracanã is South America’s largest stadium and host to soccer World Cups. Popes have celebrated masses here, and both Paul McCartney and Tina Turner set attendance records for single performers. 
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