Rio de Janeiro: The Marvellous City

Rio de Janeiro: The Marvellous City
September 26 07:44 2016 Print This Article

Imagine a city blessed with an everlasting blue sky. Imagine mesmerizing beaches and green mountains, South American nightlife and electrifying football games. Now imagine yourself strolling through Copacabana beach whilst you’re enjoying the taste of a sweet caipirinha. Stop imagining and get over here: welcome to Rio de Janeiro.

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The most beautiful city beaches on earth

Rio de Janeiro’s dazzling beaches have seduced visitors since the very first time they got to know the ‘Marvellous City’. The Copacabana ‘praia’ became one of the many symbols of Rio de Janeiro during the 1940s, when famous visitors would fly over for a weekend visit. During these days yet another beach captured the attention, the beach of Ipanema. Ipanema gained its fame through a touching song by bossa nova singers and local ‘cariocas’ Tom Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes in the 1960s. For the people from Rio, Ipanema is Rio de Janeiro’s sandy backyard – free and open to all inhabitants, for the rich and the people, for the black and the white. It’s the backyard where pleasure seems to last for ever. It’s the spot where football, volleyball, surfing, drinking and relaxing all comes together whilst enjoying the unbeatable view of the ‘Dois Irmãos’ – the beautiful pair of mountains at the very end of Leblon.

Unbeatable landscapes

Overlooking the cityscape from the 710 meter peak of the ‘Morro de Corcovado’ you will immediately understand why Rio de Janeiro gained its famous nickname. Beautifully forested mountains decorate the country’s former capital, beaches fill up the coastline and a collection of small islands lie along the shore. Apart from completing the cityscape in its purest form, this South American beauty is home to many adventures: starting the day with a hike in the rain forest of Tijuca, riding a bike alongside the beaches, sailing from the Marina da Glória surfing at one of the many beaches, you name it. Rio’s got it.

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Rio’s ‘sambaness’

Everyone who is born in Rio de Janeiro is born with rhythm. Music runs through the city’s DNA, with a charming soundtrack of bossa nova, hip-hop, funk carioca, pagode, MPB and Brazil’s innumerous regional genres. But for the outside world above all there’s samba, Brazil’s most famous rhythms, synonymous with Rio de Janeiro and Brazil. You can hear and feel samba all over city, but its soul resides in Lapa, a typical Brazilian district that is the birthplace to many live-music halls, street parties and music bands. It’s not only the beats capturing the attention of both Brazilians and non-Brazilians. It’s also the musicness of the language spoken in Brazil. Whether sung or spoken, Brazilian Portuguese always sounds sweet and beautiful. Therefore; learn Portuguese in Rio, Brazil. To feel the music, to feel the ambiance, to feel Rio de Janeiro. Maximize your local experience and feel Rio’s sambaness.

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