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.
Built for the 1950 FIFA World Cup, officially named after legendary journalist Mario Filho, the Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho is better known as the Maracanã Stadium. Built from August 1948 and officially opened on 16 June 1950 the Maracanã Stadium has played an iconic role in the history of football. Built to be the largest stadium in the world it boasted a capacity of 200 000 people. It is on this hallowed ground that Uruguay shocked the hosts by clinching the 1950 edition of the tournament with a 2-1 victory.