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Rio de Janeiro

The contrast between the sea and the solid rock mass doesn't leave anyone indifferent, but it's not only for its natural beauty that tourists visit Rio de Janeiro. The city of Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) has an impressive offer of historic features and a festive spirit that makes the locals, excellent hosts. Were it not the birthplace of Carnival, receiving about 1.8 million foreign tourists a year.

If diversity is the hallmark of Brazil, the same can be said of Rio de Janeiro, capital of one of Brazil's 26 states, on the South-east of the country. Founded in 1565, the city has impressive historical references, very marked by Portuguese presence in the territory. An example of this is the urban reform that it was subject to in the 19th Century to shelter the Portuguese Court, who sought refuge there because of the French invasion in Portugal. Once capital of the Empire - and of the country until the 1960s - Rio de Janeiro currently has about 6 million inhabitants. Originally marked by the presence of indigenous tribes, the region received the French, the Portuguese and the Africans, followed by Germans, Italians, Swiss and Spanish. Therefore, expect a great ethnic diversity and influence of cultures. Locals are happy and relaxed people, accustomed to bohemia, carnival, soccer and lots of tourists. In addition to the classic sightseeing spots, Rio offers a bit of everything, and in terms of fun, it's one of Brazil's cities with a greater variety of places and programs. The climate in the city is warm and pleasant, so any time is a good time for a visit. The average annual temperature varies between 22º and 24º C.