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 #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.