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Rio de Janeiro City Guide

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6.400.000 (2010)
1260 km2
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riodejaneiro location
Rio de Janeiro is on a strip of Brazil's Atlantic coast, close to the Tropic of Capricorn, where the shoreline is oriented east - west. Facing largely south, the city was founded on an inlet of this stretch of the coast, Guanabara Bay (Baia de Guanabara), and its entrance is marked by a point of land called Sugar Loaf.

Rio has a tropical savanna climate, summers are hot and humid, winters cool and dry. Climate-wise the best time is from May to October.
museum Museums :

National museum
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National Museum : Founded in 1818 by King John VI of Portugal, it was transferred to the old Imperial Palace of the Quinta in 1892.
Museu do Folclore Edison Carneiro : Folk art museum, art from all over the country: ceramics, musical instruments, toys, religious tools, and photographs among others.
The Museu Nacional de Belas Artes (National Museum of Fine Arts) :inaugurated in 1938 20,000 pieces, among paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints, of Brazilian and international artists

The National Historical Museum of Brazil (Portuguese: Museu Historico Nacional), was created in 1922, and possesses over 287,000 items, among of which the largest numismatic collection of Latin America.

Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro ( Museum of Modern Art ): The National Museum of Brazil built in 1818. The Museum shelters one of the largest exhibits of the Americas, consisting of animals, insects, minerals, aboriginal collections of utensils, Egyptians mummies and South American archaeological artifacts, meteorites, fossils and many other findings.

Museu do Indio (Indian Museum), decorate yourself as native warriors.
The National Museum mummies, zoological displays, historical artefacts, and a 5 tonne meteorite.
The Museu do Universo (Museum of the Universe) to discover the physics and astronomy.
Museu de Arte Moderna , Fundaçao Eva Klabin Rappaport, Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Museu do Inga
Espaco Cultural da Marinha : dedicated to the art of navigation throughout the ages
Museu Carmen Miranda memorabilia from the famed singer's career
Museu Historico Nacional 1762 objects related to the history of Brazil
Museu da Republica 1866 the neo-classical mansion which contains collection of artwork related to the Republic years
Museu do Primeiro Reinado was home to the Marquess of Santos during the 19th century
Museu Casa de Benjamin Constant: home of Benjamin Constant, one of the founders of the Brazilian Republic, built in the middle of 19th century
Museu Chacara do Ceu , museum with 360 degree views of the city
Museu Internacional de Arte Naif biggest Naive art museum in the world with 8,000 pieces of art of more
The Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum sculpture, textiles and painting.
Museu da Republica 1866, was the home to Brazilian presidents , consists a gallery, a multimedia area, a theatre and a great restaurante
Museu Historico da Cidade
Museu Historico do Exercito
Museu Naval e Oceanografico
Museu do Bonde
Museu do Folclore Edison Carneiro
Museu do Indio

   Historical places   
Christ The Redeemer
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palace Palaces :
Paco Imperial (1743) - Old Imperial Palace
Palacio do Catete The former presidential palace until 1960
Itamaraty old presidential palace (1889-1893)
Palacio Guanabara Imperial Palace built in 18th century in the center of the city of Rio de Janeiro,
monument Monuments :
Christ the Redeemer , built from 1926 to 1931 and covered in a mosaic of soapstone stands 30 meters high,is overlooking the city on top of Rio de Janeiro's Corcovado Mountain 710 m
Sugar Loaf The summit of Rio's unique 1,299ft high (396m) belvedere,
Chafariz da Piramide : a fountain by Valentim da Fonseca e Silva
cabin Houses :
Casa Franca-Brasil ,(1820) - French cultural centre
Casa do Pontal is the largest museum of Brazilian folk art, displaying around 5,000 sculptures by more than 200 artists from every region of the country.
Casa de Rui Barbosa, Centro Cultural do Banco do Brasil,
Paco Imperial - Palace
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church Churches :
church of the Monte do Carmo 1755 & the church of the Monte do Carmo are separated from one another only by a passage
church of Nossa Senhora da Lapa dos Mercadores Baroque building of 1747 The church of Santo Antonio (1608-20) is the oldest in the city.
The church of Santo Antonio
The church and monastery of Sao Bento (1663) - Saint Benedict's Monastery, colonial architecture (in downtown).
The church Sao Francisco da Penitencia 1773
Igreja da Candelaria - Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Candalaria: built on the site of a chapel founded in 1610 by the Spaniard Antonio Martins Plam

Igreja da Nossa Senhora da Gloria do Outeiro: baroque church was built in 1714
Nossa Senhora da Lapa dos Mercadores : Baroque church built in 1747.
Mosteiro de Sao Bento - Saint Benedict's Monastery, (1663) colonial architecture.
Igreja da Penha
Cathedral of Sao Sebastiao
Other historical places
Chafariz da Piramide : a fountain by Valentim da Fonseca e Silva
Camara Municipal The City Hall
Brazilian Academy of Letters is a Brazilian literary non-profit society established at the end of the 19th century by a group of 40 writers and poets
Arcos da Lapa, a Roman-style aqueduct built around 1750 used to ship water from the hills to downtown Rio
'Manguinhos', the home of Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, a centenarian biomedical research institution
Solar do Jambeiro
Instituto Moreira Salles exhibitions of the art of photography
Copacabana Fort with a great cannon (305 mm) built in World war 1
Centro Cultural de Justicia Federal: theatrical, music, dance and other cultural performances.
Galeao-Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (Galeao International Airport) : It is located 20 km from downtown Rio.
Jacarepagua-Roberto Marinho Airport: located 30 km from the city center.

Santos Dumont Airport

Quintaboa vista
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The Quinta da Boa Vista (English: Park of the Nice View) is a public park of great historical importance in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The park was part of the gardens of the Sao Cristovao Palace, the residence of the Emperors of Brazil in the 19th century.
Cantagola park contains a children's playground and various sports facilities.
Passeio Publico, an 18th-century public garden
Floresta da Pedra Branca (White Rock Forest), The largest urban forest
Tijuca National Park (Parque Nacional da Tijuca), the largest city-surrounded urban forest and the second largest urban forest in the world,
Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden, founded in 1808, contains 6,500 species of flora and 140 species of birds.
Parque da Catacumba: exotic gardens, sculptures, tropical wildlife
Municipal Park: paintings , Fountains, pyramids and bronze statues
Parque Lage
Parque do Flamengo (Aterro do Flamengo)
Parque Guinle
Campo de Santana
Parque Nacional da Serra dos Orgaos
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Copacabana beach worldwide famous beach with multiple sections
Joatinga located betweeen Sao Conrado and Barra da Tijuca.
Leblon limited with Ipanema by the Jardim de Alah canal.
Prainha located between Grumari Beach and the Pontal/ Macumba of Recreiro dos Bandeirantes District. Best place for surfers.
Ipanema Beach
Praia Vermelha: at the Foot of Sugar Loaf
Praia do Arpoador
Leme (oceanic)
Arpoador (oceanic)
Carnival: in February ( carried out by samba schools in the sambodromo )
Cordao do Bola Preta: Band parades in the centre of the city.
Suvaco do Cristo: Band parades in the Botanic Garden.
Carmelitas: Band parades in the hills of Santa Teresa,
Simpatia e Quase Amor: in Ipanema.
Banda de Ipanema: The most traditional in Ipanema.
Bonfire Festivals : (June )

Festa de Iemanja :The first day of the year at Copacabana Beach Festa de Iemanja celebrates Iemanja, goddess of the sea and mother of the waters, according to the Umbanda religion of Brazil.

Yemanja Parade of Boats February 2nd event that honors Yemanja the Umbanda water goddess and mother of all Saints in Afro-Brazilian tradition.

   Entertainement & Culture   
Biblioteca Nacional (National Library)1810 : one of the largest library in the world,
Theatro Municipal 1909
The Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival
Fashion Rio

Sugar loaf
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Sugar Loaf: watch the sunset from the landmark area with best sight among the statue of Christ the Redeemer which overlooks and the Copacabana beach

Maracana stadium capacity 90.000 people
Samba schools of Rio de Janeiro such as Mangueira, Salgueiro, Imperio Serrano, Unidos da Tijuca more...
The Parque do Catete, a small park in the Palacio do Catete
The Rio City Zoo over 2,000 species
Iguacu Falls : (3km) wide and (80m) high. falls are surrounded by the Iguacu National Park, a huge sub-tropical rainforest covering different species of flora and fauna
Kartodromo Premium for karting race
Centro Cultural Jose Bonifacio : concerts, celebrations workshops and courses
Cidade do Samba: Cidade do Samba hosts a ‘mini carnival', with live music, dancing, full carnival parades and fireworks displays.
Sao Sebastiao: This festival celebrates the anniversary of the city January 20
Planetario da Cidade : City planetarium, watch the stars and the constellations
Jardim Zoologico: 1945 in Sao Cristovao wide variety of rare Brazilian animals
Lagoa 7.5 kilometre walking - cycling track for recreation.
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