When you say Rio de Janeiro, you think about Copacabana, warm beaches, samba rhythms and of course, the famous and colorful carnival. With all the temptations that surround the city, the place is without a doubt a charming and decadent travel spot one must visit at least once in a lifetime. Rio de Janeiro, the 2nd biggest city in Brazil, in English its name means “River of January”, locals usually name it simply Rio. During 1763 and 1815, the settlement was the capital of the Brazilian country. After that, Brasilia took its place. Still, the city remained a very important economic, financial centre of Brazil where many tourists go every year.
Rio de Janeiro is embedded in a marvelous landscape and harbors some magnificent geographic features like the Sugar Loaf Mountain, Corcovado Peak, and the hills of Tijuca, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Another famous landmarks are The Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor) statue and the football stadium of Maracanã.
The South Zone is where world-famous beaches are located. Most hotels in Rio de Janeiro and hostels are situated in this part of the city, compressed between the sea and the Tijuca Range including Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, Sugar Loaf and Corcovado Mountains and districts along Flamengo Beach.
The Centro, including Lapa and Santa Teresa, is the city’s financial and business center with many historic buildings like The National Museum of Fine Arts, The Tiradentes Palace, The Municipal Theatre, The National Library, The Metropolitan Cathedral and The Pedro Ernesto Palace.
The North Zone is home to The Maracanã stadium, The Quinta da Boa Vista Park with the National Museum and the city’s Zoo, The National Observatory and more. The rapidly growing West Zone area including the popular beaches of Jacarepaguá and Barra da Tijuca will be the venue of the Olympics in 2016.
Remember that the Football World Cup 2014 and the 2016 Summer Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro and Brazil. So, ExcelBooking.com and early booking is recommended if you need a hotel room during these periods.