Rio Fun Facts

Fun Fact #1
Rio de Janeiro’s is nicknamed Cidade Maravilhosa (The Marvelous City).


Fun Fact #2

Rio de Janeiro means River of January in Portuguese.


Fun Fact #3

Rio de Janeiro is Brazil’s second largest city. Sao Paulo is the first.


Fun Fact #4

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


Fun Fact #5

Rio de Janeiro natives are called Cariocas (care-ree-o-cas).


Fun Fact #6

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


Fun Fact #7

Rio is Brazil’s biggest tourist destination.


Fun Fact #8

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 #9

Rio is host to Brazil’s largest holiday and party celebration in the country –(and world)…Carnival!


Fun Fact #10

As of 2010, the city is estimated to have a population of over 6,000,000 people and 14,000,00 in Rio’s entire metropolitan area.


Fun Fact #11

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


Fun Fact #12

Portuguese explorers first encountered the island on January 1, 1502, hence the name Rio de Janeiro (River of January).


Fun Fact #13

Rio’s most famous natives include Ronaldo (soccer player), The Gracie Martial Arts Family, Anderson Silva (MMA Fighter), Tom Jobin (Musician/”The Girl From Ipanema”), Vinicius de Moraes (Musician/”The Girl From Ipanema”), and Oscar Niemeyer (architect).


Fun Fact #14

Rio will be hosting the 2016 Olympic Games and the last match of the 2014 World-Cup.


Fun Fact #15

Rio has over 46 miles (74km) of bicycle pathways, most stretching alongside the beaches.


Fun Fact #16

Rio has the oldest operating electric tramway in the world called the Santa Teresa Tram or bondinho.


Fun Fact #17

Rio has 2 subway lines, 32 subway stations, and almost 450 bus lines.


Fun Fact #18

Rio has 3 airports – Galeão – Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (International), Santos Dumont Airport (Commuter/General Aviation), Jacarepaguá Airport (General Aviation).


Fun Fact #19

Football is the most popular Sport in Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro is home to 5 traditional Brazilian football clubs: América Football Club, Botafogo, Fluminense, Vasco da Gama and Flamengo.


Fun Fact #20

Rio was popularized by the hit song “Garota de Ipanema” (The Girl from Ipanema), composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes and recorded by Astrud Gilberto & João Gilberto, Frank Sinatra, and Ella Fitzgerald. It is also the main key song of the bossa nova, a musical genre that was born in Rio.

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