Rio de Janeiro was the capital of Brazil for nearly two centuries, and today is the second largest city of the country, but for many aspects you can still consider it the most important metropolis of the immense Brazilian territory.
Rio de Janeiro is, in fact, a main cultural hub and the primary tourist attraction and resort, with almost 3 million international tourist per year.
Among the cultural landmarks of the city are the Biblioteca Nacional, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Botanical Garden, and the Theatro do Rio.
The latter was built in the beginning of the twentieth century, designed in an eclectic style and inspired by the Paris Opéra of Charles Garnier.
The top things to do in Rio include a visit to Maracana Stadium, where in 2014 the final of FIFA World will probably be held. Football is the major sport in Brazil, but not the only one.
Capoeira, which can be also considered a dance and martial art, is very popular as well, and even horse racing have an impressive number of spectators every week.
Another thing to do in Rio is taking a cable car to Sugarloaf Mountain, a peak located at the mouth of Guanabara bay from where you can enjoy a breathless view of the city and take memorable pictures.
Don’t forget to enjoy a panoramic view of Christ the Redeemer as well, an Art Deco statue of Jesus of Nazareth, symbol of Brazilian Christianity, named one of the Seven New Wonders of the World.
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The Rio de Janeiro apartments are scattered in the city, and particularly in the major neighbourhoods, such as Ipanema and Copacabana, famous for their marvellous balneario beaches. Other districts are: Arpoador, Leme, Leblon, Barra da Tyuca.