I went to Rio de Janeiro in September of 2013 and this is my experience. If I were to describe Rio de Janeiro in one word it would be culture. The Portuguese settled in this area in January of 1502. The name Rio de Janeiro means River of January. Rio like many other cities has had its ups and downs throughout its economic history. It has gone from being an agricultural economy in the 18th century to moving into an industrial economy at the end of World War II. Rio, up until the 1960’s was the capital of Brazil until it eventually ended up in Sao Paolo.
Not only are there beautiful landscapes to see in Rio but the people are also beautiful. The range of cultures found here spans from the Indigenous, Portuguese, Africans, Spaniards, Germans, Italians, and the Japanese. After World War II, the city was overflowing with people looking for refuge and a new start at life. Hence, the overwhelming diversity that you will see in this city as you stroll along places such as Copacabana and Santa Teresa.
The beautiful landscape of Rio was a major draw on my heart strings. The city not only borders the Atlantic Ocean but also consists of bays, lagoons, and the river Cabuçu (or Piraquê). The mountains and forest is a perfect backdrop while staring at the rich water ways of Rio. Rio is settled in the Tijuca Forest which is the largest urban forest in the world (1). Also, Rio is covered with many islands that you may visit via the Atlantic Ocean or its many bays. The average temperature for Rio throughout the year goes from a high of 84.2 F (29 C) and low of 62.6 F (17 C).
Listed below are my top favorite destinations to visit in this remarkable city.
Although there are many other sights to see in Rio, these are my top favorites. I picked these places because it played heavily on these senses: sight, hear, and taste. Your eyes will be mesmerized by all the beauty of nature, you ears will be filled with cheerful Brazilian music and multiple languages, and your taste buds will thank you for the array of cuisines that you can sink your teeth into. I highly recommend visiting and enjoying the culture that is uniquely Rio de Janeiro.
NOTE: This website has a multitude of things to see, eat and hear in Rio De Janeiro. It’s worth taking a look at: http://visit.rio/en/about-rio/
Please feel free to comment below if you have any questions on Rio and/or have visited and would like to share some tips.