From the soaring rain forest covered mountains, to globally recognised architectural structures and sandy white beaches, it is no surprise that Rio de Janeiro’s alluring beauty has led to the city been known as cicade maravihosa, the ‘marvellous city.’ Along with breathe taking landscape, the vibrant carnivals, samba queens and cuisine with music to match has kept millions of tourists flocking to Rio de Janeiro. This year with the added gift from the gods, that is the 2014 FIFA World Cup; Brazil and Rio will be more special and alive than ever before. With so much to see and do we have taken the time to compile a list of the top 10 tourist attractions in Rio de Janeiro that all visitors will want to see.
Capital of Amazonas, the North Western state of Manaus in Brazil, is home to almost 2 million residents. The majority of Amazonas’ football teams are located in Manaus so it’s therefore no surprise that 4 of the 2014 Brazil World Cup matches are being held in its newly built stadium: Arena da Amazonias.
Arena da Amazonias
Starting on the 14th of June, two days into the competition, which sees 32 national teams come together over the course of a month, England and Italy meet in Manaus’ traditionally designed Arena da Amazonias to begin the battle out of Group D. With Italy now ranked 8th and England ranked 15th in the FIFA world rankings, Italy go into the match as firm favourites. However, the game between two sides, who play two very different styles of football, promises to entertain. (more…)
“Time of Rio” is a video produced by MOOV a photo and movie studio located in Rio de Janiero in Brazil. The video mixes sequences in slow motion, time lapse and hyper lapse of scenes shot in the beautiful and wild Brazilian city. This is another great video of Rio de Janeiro to get you in the mood for a Rio trip. Music “Oh Wee” by Immortal Beats and “Whispering Through” by Asura
It has been seen and spoken of in many movies. It is also the largest city not only in Brazil but in all of South America. It is named in honor of Saint Paul. It is also home to several stock markets and some of the tallest buildings in Brazil and South America.
First settled in 1532, Sao Paulo was the first permanent Portuguese colony in the new world. In 1554, many missionaries arrived to spread Christianity to the colony and it remains a religious center today with 75% of the city being Catholic. It officially became a city in 1711. In 1888 the city saw a large number of Spanish, Portuguese, and European immigrants in the city as a response to abolition. There is also a large Italian population still present in the city today. Between 1920 and 1940 the city saw incredible economic growth, population growth and building and construction were a constant. (more…)
Fortaleza is the capital city of Brazilian state Ceará and meaning of the name of this city is “Fortress”. The first constructing from the what is called these days Fortaleza had been the Castle Schoonenborch, built-in 1649 by the Dutch, which at that time got penetrated and also ended up inhabiting towns inside Sting bikini northeastern part of Brazil.
The state of Ceará can be defined by only a pair of words; party & sun. Fortaleza is the coastal area of Brazil with most sunny days over summer and winter. Party is the everlasting point out associated with character of those as well as the town. Forró, normal music genre for the area of northeast, can be around the peoples’ blood vessels, about the seashores, about the dance clubs, about the cafes, for the restaurants, around the motels, around the roads. (more…)
Salvador de Bahia is the City of the Holy Saviour of the Bay of all Saints. Or Brazil’s capital of all happiness if you prefer. It is located on a small peninsula between Todos os Santos Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The bay was discovered on All Saints Day.
The area was colonized by the Portuguese in 1500 by Pedro Ivares Cabral. The city was established in 1549 by Tome de Sousa who would be the first Governor-General of Brazil. The colony was built on a high cliff with views of All Saints Bay. It was one of the first major ports in Brazil. The area was settled by many Dutch and Jewish immigrants between the 1600’s and the 1800’s. The area still remained mostly Catholic and became the first Catholic bishopric of Brazil in 1552. Today it is still one of the most holy cities in Brazil. It was the original capital of Brazil until 1763. The area was liberated from Portuguese control on July 2, 1823. It has recently been rebuilt to become a major tourist area.
The whole area of Salvador de Bahia is surrounded by beaches. Porto da Barra Beach was named the 3rd best beach in the world in 2007 by the Guardian. It was very popular in the 60’s as a hangout for Tropicalistas Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil and today continues to be a popular hangover for local musicians. The water is very calm but the beaches do get crowded, especially on the weekends. Some of the other beaches you should visit include Farol da Barra, Itapoan, Farol de Itapoan, and Piata. Some of these beaches have some rough surf but you can still sit back and enjoy the views of the lighthouses. (more…)