You know that unapproachable sexy lady who then turns out to be surprisingly easy to talk to? That is Rio. From her curvaceous shoreline to her seventies high-rises, from her classy Portuguese monuments to her hill-hugging favelas, the ‘Cidade Maravilhosa’ – Marvellous City – is instantly mesmerizing. The Cariocas – the inhabitants of Rio – truly have love potion running through their veins. Their regional jazz bars, deafening block parties, ceaseless samba and football will attest to that.
Rio is a biking city, with over 74km of bicycle pathways, most of them stretching alongside the beaches.
Bits of pristine rainforest and sweaty thunderstorms unexpectedly break through Rio’s futuristic façade. This 'river' is in glorious flux. Moving beyond its violent reputation, Rio today has far more to offer than just the Copacabana, Christ on the Mountain and the Sugarloaf Mountain. Take a cable car into the fun-filled streets of the city’s urban jungle: this is where your lady really gets down.
Portuguese explorers stumbled on Guanabara Bay on January 1, 1502 – hence the name Rio de Janeiro – River of January.
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