Top resort hotels like the Copacabana Palace line the white sand beaches of Rio de Janeiro. While this is the largest city of Brazil and known for its party reputation as well as magnificent mountains and gorgeous rain forests, there is much more to this city. It has a tropical savanna climate which gives it long period of rain from December to March and although it can often reach temperatures of 104 degrees, the average yearly temperature is from 68 to 79 degrees. For those days that it does get quite warm, the climate is moderated by the cool sea breezes that come from the Atlantic Ocean.
Rio de Janeiro, originally known for its historic downtown business district later became known for its beauty and became a travel destination. It is the cultural capital of Brazil; housing over 50 museums and their national library is the eight largest library in the world. There is also the Municipal theatre which is one of the largest stages in Latin America for opera, ballet and classical music. The inside is covered with breathtaking stained glass from France, marble ceilings and a 1000lb crystal bead chandelier. The exterior walls of the building have inscriptions from many famous Brazilians as well as other celebrities.
Added to its physical nature beauties and cultural buildings, Rio de Janeiro is the home to the giant statue of Christ which is called Cristo Redentor that sits high atop Corcovado Mountain. This statue has landed it the title of being one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. There is Sugarloaf Mountain, known for its cable car and the well known Sambodroma, an enormous permanent parade avenue. Also, Maracana stadium is one of the largest football stadiums in the world and the Tijuca Forest and White Stone State park have the title of being the largest and second largest urban forests in the world.
Looking for somewhere to go for New Years Eve? An amazing 2.5 million people from all walks of life gather at the Copacabana Beach for celebrations lasting all night long. Most people wear all white and there are plenty of different shows to enjoy. Rio de Janeiro shows a four kilometer firework display which is referred to as the greatest display in the world. Also, don’t think you’re going to pay high dollar for this event. Admission is free. It is truly a celebration to bring everyone together to celebrate the passing of one year and the birth of a new one.
Rio de Janeiro is home to some of the most beautiful sites and astonishing pieces of cultural history. Of course, you are always welcome to just relax and soak up the sun. No wonder Brazilian people seem to be always smiling, with cities like Rio de Janeiro, wouldn’t you be?