Fun facts about Rio de Janeiro


Fun Fact #1
Portuguese explorers first encountered the island on January 1, 1502, hence the name Rio de Janeiro means River of January

Fun Fact #2
Rio de Janeiro is Brazil’s second largest city. Sao Paulo is the first.

Fun Fact #3
Rio de Janeiro was the capital of Brazil for almost two centuries from 1763 to 1960 when it was moved to Brasilia.

Fun Fact #4
Rio’s nickname is Cidade Maravilhosa (The Marvelous City).

Fun Fact #5
With roots in Africa, Brazil’s famous Samba music started in the neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro.

Fun Fact #6
Rio is Brazil’s biggest tourist destination.

Fun Fact #7
Rio’s most famous attractions include Christ the Redeemer Statue, Sugarloaf Mountain, Ipanema Beach, Copacabana Beach, Sambodromo, Maracana Stadium, and Tijuca National Park.

Fun Fact #8
The average minimum temperature in Rio is 68 °F (20°C) and the average maximum temperature is 82 °F (28 °C).

Fun Fact #9
See all those tall and attractive ‘working girls’ roaming the street? Many of them are not girls at all, but members of the city’s largest transvestite population… You’ve been warned…

Fun Fact #10
The motels in Rio are not your average ‘family accommodation’ they are actually ‘sex hotels’ geared towards couples needing a place to rendezvous.


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