The city of Rio de Janeiro, also known as Rio, founded in 1565, is the second largest city in Brazil with 6.2 million inhabitants. It is located in the Southeastern region of Brazil, bathed by the Atlantic Ocean. The city has its seasons divided into Summer (21 December to 20 March), Autumn (20 March to 21 June), Winter (21 June to 21 September) and Spring (22 September to 21 December). With its tropical climate and home to internationally famous sights such as the Christ the Redeemer - an art deco statue located 709 meters above the sea - and the Sugarloaf Mountain, it is the main tourist destination of Brazil as well as of the Southern Hemisphere.
Known for its natural and architectural beauties, rich history of more than 450 years and the diversity of entertainment, Rio manages to unite different types of tourism in the same city with a lot of hospitality, receptivity and joy. From our beautiful beaches through the largest urban forest in the world and the vibrant nights in downtown Rio, tourists who visit here have a variety of options to do during their stay. The city has a rich gastronomy and a full variety of museums that tourists can visit.
It is important to note that Rio has the only and distinct classification by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site as an Urban Cultural Landscape, being the first city in the world to have this. The city was once the capital of the State of Brazil, a colony of the Portuguese Empire in 1763, the seat of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves in 1808, the seat of the Empire in 1822 and the capital of the Republic between 1889 and 1960.
Rio is a historical-cultural treasure that ranges from habits and customs to architecture and landscapes.
State: Rio de Janeiro
Population: 6.2 million
Main landmarks: Christ the Redeemer Statue, Sugarloaf Mountain, Copacabana Beach, Ipanema Beach, Stadium of Maracanã, Lapa, Selarón Stairway
Airports: Tom Jobim International Airport (GIG), Santos Dumont Airport (SDU)
Telephone code: +55 21
Main languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish
Rio Department of Tourism address: R. Dom Marcos Barbosa, 2 - Cidade Nova - 20211-178