Welcome to Rio de Janeiro

LONG SWEEPING BEACHES, TOWERING MOUNTAINS, MUSIC, DANCE AND FRIENDLY LOCALS ENJOYING SPORT ON THE BEACH – WHERE ELSE BUT RIO!

World renowned for Copacabana beach, the iconic “Christ The Redeemer” statue and the annual Rio Carnival where Samba dancers seem to be performing on every street, Rio de Janeiro is Brazils second largest city and of course, home to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, 5 – 21 August. 

Rio de Janeiro is the city it is today because of its historical past. Portuguese explorers landed on Guanabara Bay on 1 January 1502 – a bay that forms the opening of a river, hence the name ‘Rio de Janeiro’ which means ‘River of January’.

When Brazil achieved independence from the Portuguese in 1889, Rio was named the capital of the country and the city expanded politically, culturally, economically and architecturally.

Rio became the political, economical and cultural centre of Brazil. However in the 1960’s the capital of Brazil was moved from Rio to Brasilia in the north.

Rio lives up to its pet name as the Marvellous City with its white beaches, towering mountains and scenic docks. The bustling city is best known for its sandy beaches, carnivals, football matches, music and its well preserved lush tropical forests.

The annual festivals play a key role in understanding Rio’s culture. Carnivals in Rio are world famous for their colourful display and street performances.

With Brazil having hosted the Football World Cup in 2014, it is now time for Rio to open its arms wide to welcome all Olympians, badminton fans and supporters to the first Olympic Games in South America.

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