‘Rio de Janeiro’ is the second largest city of Brazil and one of the most visited cities in the southern hemisphere. It’s located on Brazil’s South Atlantic coast and has a population of about 6.3 million people. Rio is famous for its breathtaking landscape, its beach culture and its carnival celebration. Part of the city has been designated as a World Heritage Site, identified by UNESCO in 2012 in the category Cultural Landscape. By the way, the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics will take place in Rio de Janeiro.
Highlights of the city are the ‘Cristo Redentor’ statue at the top of the Corcovado mountain which can be seen from nearly all of the city. As well the Sugarloaf mountain (‘Pao de Açucar’) with its cable car offers at the top of the mountain a fantastic view over Rio. ‘Santa Teresa’ is a neighborhood in the city of Rio de Janeiro, which it’s located on top of a hill, by the centre of Rio. It’s famous for its winding narrow streets which are a favorite spot for artists and tourists. In Santa Teresa you can visit as well the world-famous steps ‘Escadaria Selaron’, which have been created by the Chilean-born artist Jorge Selaron.
Rio is also home to 23 beaches. The Copacabana and the Ipanema beaches are the most famous one. The Copacabana neighborhood is offering many hotels, restaurants, bars, night clubs and a beautiful promenade sidewalk along the beach.