14 Interesting Facts about Rio de Janeiro You May Don’t Know

Rio de Janeiro is a marvelous city known for its amazingly flamboyant Carnival celebrations and the spectacular views from the famous Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Mountain. Rio is also a city of marvelous food, abundant museums, stunning architecture and gorgeous beaches. If you are yet to visit this wonderful city, here are some interesting facts about Rio de Janeiro that will increase your interest to visit soon:

1. The Saying in Brazil

There is a saying in Brazil “If you have not visited Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue, Tijuca National Park, Maracana Stadium, Sambodromo, Copacabana Beach, Ipanema Beach, and Sugarloaf Mountain; then, you have never been to Brazil”. That’s so true because you can’t miss out visiting these wonderful attractions in Rio even if you visit Brazil even for a single time.

2. Rio Is Named After a River That Is Actually a Bay!

Yes, the name “Rio de Janeiro” actually means January River. Naming a city with over 200 rivers after a river is so appropriate but the river Rio is named after actually does not exist. In fact, there is a bay in that name. This one is one of the most interesting Facts about Rio de Janeiro.

3. Christ the Redeemer, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World

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The statue of Christ the Redeemer is one of the most common symbols of Brazil and Rio de Janeiro. Opened for public in 1931, it is in fact among   the New 7 Wonders of the World declared in 2007. So, if you claim yourself an avid traveler, how can you miss out visiting one of the wonders of the world?

4. The City With Bluest Sky!

tk88Yes, you read it right. In 2006, a special portable spectrometer, a TV researcher who traveled 20 different destinations including South Africa and New Zealand said that Rio has the bluest sky. In his research, he used a special portable spectrometer that was developed by the British National Physical Laboratory. So, the finding of Anya Hohnbaum is scientifically proved.

5. Rio Hosts the Biggest Carnival Party in The Whole World!

We all know that Rio is known for its celebrations of carnivals. But not everybody knows Rio’s carnival party is actually the biggest in the world. In 2004, a single carnival party in Rio attracted a record 400,000 foreign visitors.

6. Rio has the largest urban forest in the world!

Floresta da Tijuca is the largest urban forest on earth. If you have thought Rio is a small town with just more than 6 million, you may not get this answer right when someone asks you the question about the largest urban forest.

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