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2016 Summer Olympics opening ceremony Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2016 Summer Olympics opening ceremony Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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About Rio de Janeiro

Seal of Rio de JaneiroSatellite view showing São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro or shortened Rio de Janeiro, also just called Rio, is the second latgest city in Brazil. The city is located in the south east of Brazil at the South Atlantic Ocean, 220 mi (355 km) east of São Paulo and 580 mi (930 km) south east of Brasília, Brazil's capital.

Barra da Tijuca, borough in the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Panorama of Barra da Tijuca, the famous borough in the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro.
Image: Barrazine da Barra
Between 1763 to 1960 was Rio de Janeiro successively the capital of the Portuguese colony, the Portuguese empire in exile, the Brazilian empire, and the independent republic.

Today Rio is the capital of the Brazilian state of the same name (Rio de Janeiro) and is the chief port of Brazil. The megacity has a population of about 6.4 million people (in 2014), 11-12 million live in the larger metropolitan area.

Ipanema with its famous beach is located in the southern region of Rio de Janeiro, adjacent east of Ipanema lies Copacabana with its beaches.

Rio's Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea official website are a UNESCO World Heritage site, described as an "exceptional urban setting inclusive the natural key elements that shaped and inspired the development of the city, from the highest points of the Tijuca National Park’s mountains down to the sea. They also include the Botanical Gardens (Jardim Botânico), established in 1808, Corcovado Mountain with its famous statue of Christ, and the hills around Guanabara Bay".

Rio de Janeiro points of interest:

Beaches: Copacabana (balneario beach with samba, beach football and beach volleyball), Ipanema (bohemic beach adjacent to Copacabana), Botafogo (upper middle class beachfront neighborhood), Leblon (affluent beachfront neighborhood), Recreio dos Bandeirantes (beachfront neighborhood with no skyscrapers).

Sugarloaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sugarloaf Mountain or Pão de Açúcar in Portuguese, Rio's famous landmark.
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Places: Sugarloaf Mountain (peak) and Sugarloaf Cable Car (cableway moving between Praia Vermelha and Sugarloaf Mountain), Corcovado (peak with a 38-meter Jesus statue), Christ the Redeemer (38-meter Art Deco Jesus statue), Santa Teresa (neighborhood around the Santa Teresa Convent with narrow, picturesque streets, gathering place for intellectuals, academics, artists and tourists), Lapa (neighborhood and the cradle of bohemian Rio).

Museums: Museu Nacional de Belas Artes (important national art museum), Museum of Modern Art (MAM Rio shows collections of modern art, largely from the collection Gilberto Chateaubriand), National Historical Museum (history of Brazil on display), Catete Palace (Neoclassical multi-purpose urban mansion, today it houses the Museum of the Republic), Museu Imperial de Petrópolis (museum housed in the former summer palace of Emperor Pedro II )

Theater: Theatro Municipal (twentieth century theater located in Cinelândia)

Churches: Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro (Pyramid-shaped modernist church from the 60s, seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of São Sebastião), Candelária Church (historical Roman Catholic church), Old Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro (historical building and the former Royal and Imperial Chapel)

Parks: Tijuca Forest (perhaps the world's largest urban forest), Quinta da Boa Vista (formerly the park of the residence of the Emperors of Brazil), Passeio Público (oldest public park of Brazil in the historic center of Rio), Jardim Botânico (Brazilian and foreign flora)

2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games
In 2009, in Copenhagen (Denmark), the then IOC President Jacques Rogge announced that Rio de Janeiro had won the right to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The 2016 Summer Games, the world's largest sporting event, will take place in South America for the first time.

2014 FIFA World Cup
The city was one of the twelve host cities of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Seven matches including the Final were held at the Maracanã stadium (officially named: Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho).

The Map shows a city map of Rio de Janeiro with expressways, main roads and streets, and the location of Santos Dumont Airport (IATA Code: SDU), Rio’s city airport.
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Local Time Rio de Janeiro:
Saturday-March-2  14:23  
Brazil Standard Time: UTC/GMT -3 hours
Daylight Saving Time starts on the 3rd Sunday of October and ends on the 3rd Sunday of February shifts time offset to UTC/GMT -2 hours.
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Google Earth: Searchable map/satellite view of the City of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil.
City Coordinates: 22°54′30″S 43°11′47″W
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Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
The Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
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External Links:
Rio de Janeiro (official website)

Official tourism website of the State of Rio de Janeiro.
Rio Guide
Official tourism website of the City of Rio de Janeiro.
Maracanã stadium
The official stadium website.

Wikipedia: Rio de Janeiro
Wikipedia entry: Rio de Janeiro
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