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2M Number of people per day that shut down Rio for the annual Carnaval.

28 Number of sports that will be represented in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.

30 Number of miles of white and golden sand beaches in Rio


Discover Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Full Name: Rio de Janeiro
Nickname: Cidade Maravilhosa
Translation: ‘River of January’ or  "Marvelous City"

Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city of Brazil, and the third largest metropolitan area in South America. The city was the capital of Brazil for nearly two centuries during the Portuguese colonial era. Known as the cidade maravilhosa (marvelous city), Rio is nothing short of breathtaking. Flanked by gorgeous mountains, white-sand beaches and vibrant rainforests bordering the deep blue sea, Rio occupies one of the most spectacular settings of any metropolis in the world.

From world-famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema to the tops of scenic outlooks of Corcovado and Pão de Açúcar to the dance halls, bars and open-air cafes that proliferate the city, cariocas live for the moment without a care in the world. So we say  “when in Rio”! You can surf great breaks off Prainha, hike through Tijuca’s rainforests, sail across Guanabára, dance the night away in Lapa all while playing your sport, earning credits and building your resume.

In 2016 Rio will become the first South American city to host the Summer Olympics, so we could not be more excited to launch several Olympic sports alongside this world event.


Lay of the Land

Did you Know?

  • Christ the Redeemer, sat on top of Corcovada mountain, has been named one of the seven wonders of the world
  • Rio is home to over 30 miles of white and golden sand beaches
  • There are about seven main districts in Rio de Janeiro, these include the historic center or Centro, the South Zone (Zona Sul), the North Zone (Zona Norte), West Zone peripheries (Zona Oeste), Santa Cruz, Campo Grande, and the Barra da Tijuca district.
  • Brazil was host to the 2014 Men’s World Cup and in 2016 Rio will host the Summer Olympic and Para-Olympic Games
  • Before Lent every year Rio shuts down for the annual Carnaval do Rio, known as the world’s largest carnival with 2 million people per day attending.
  • Futbol (Soccer) is the most popular sport and is home to 4 traditional Brazilian football clubs: Botafogo, Fluminense, Vasco da Gama and Flamengo

Favelas: A City within a City

Favelas, also called shantytowns, are often times mis-represented as ‘slums’ or even ‘third-world’. But the reality is, nearly 20 percent of the population live in favelas. The largest of these is Rocinha, located on a steep hill adjacent to affluent São Conrado, which provides employment for many residents. This juxtaposition is common in Rio and among other favela cities where the upper-middle and wealthier classes support and employ those that lay in their backdrop. The point being, you can not have one without the other. Favelas, and those that live within their borders are vital to the success of the state. And despite their reputation for gangs, drugs and violence, there is a vibrance and identifiable culture within each favela that is just as important to the essence of Rio as are the beaches.