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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Overview

Rio de Janeiro, commonly known as Rio, is the one of the major Brazilian cities. It's actually the former capital of Brazil and is particularly famous for its Carnival celebrations, nightlife, culture, samba, beautiful beaches and hotels (such as the Copacabana).

Despite its beauty, Rio is notoriously famous for having a high crime and violence rate. Because of this it's recommended to take a cruise line arranged shore excursion while in Rio. It is also a good idea to leave any valuables in the safe in your stateroom onboard your ship. Do your best not to seem like a tourist if you decide to go off on your own, to avoid being taken advantage of or bothered.

Rio de Janeiro has a tropical climate. The average annual maximum temperature is 79°F, while the average annual minimum temperature is 68°F. The hottest month of the year is January, while the coldest is August.


Destinations
The following destinations can be visited on a cruise leaving from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:
South America
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Costa Cruises
Holland America Line
Oceania Cruises
Princess Cruises
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Royal Caribbean
Silversea Cruises


Currency
The official currency of Brazil is the Real (BRL). Using a credit card whenever possible is a great way to avoid having to exchange currency. US Dollars will be accepted at some places as well - don't expect your change to be in US Dollars though, so bring small bills if you plan to pay that way. ATM machines are readily available, but make sure you use one that works with the card you're using.


Language
The official language of Brazil is Portuguese. English is understood by most of the locals that work in stores, hotels and other tourist-related venues.


Tourist Attractions
One of the most famous landmarks in Rio de Janeiro is Christ the Redeemer, a giant statue of Jesus Christ that sits at the top of Corcovado mountain in Tijuca Forest National Park (overlooking the city). It's a true icon of Brazil and Rio, and is a symbol of Christianity.

Sugarloaf Mountain is located on the mouth of Guanabara Bay. There is a 75-passenger glass-paneled cable car that rides in this area, providing great views.
Rock climbing is a popular activity to take part in, for the more adventurous visitors.

The popular Copacabana Beach has a promenade that is lined with hotels, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. The boardwalk at this beach is beautiful, with a famous Portuguese pavement wave pattern. The Copacabana Palace Hotel is world famous. This area is about a 20-minute taxi ride from the cruise port.

Ipanema Beach, which became famous from the song "The Girl from Ipanema," is also well known for its elegance. It's actually located right next to Copacabana Beach. There are two majestic mountains located by this beach, known as "Dois Irmãos" (Two Brothers). Right by this beach are various shops, bars and restaurants.

Within Rio is the two largest rainforests, that are located inside an urban area, in the world. They are White Stone State Park and Tijuca Forest.

As far as shopping goes, there are jewelers and various shops right at the cruise terminal. There's also a large public flea market right by the Copacabana Beach. You'll also find various stores along both the Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches.

Downtown Rio is called Centro. It's the historic and financial centre of the city. There are quite a few beautiful churches located in downtown Rio de Janeiro. Among them are Candelária Church, the Rio de Janeiro Cathedral and the old colonial cathedral (known as Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte do Carmo da antiga Sé). Also located downtown are a few museums, such as the National Museum of Fine Arts and the National History Museum. Passeio Público is a public park located in this area, and is one of the oldest public parks in the Americas. Over the history of Rio, the Imperial Palace (Paço Imperial) has been the residence of the governors of colonial Brazil, of the King of Portugal and of various rulers of Brazil. Today this building is a cultural centre.

Cinelândia (also known as Praça Floriano Peixoto) is a major public square in Rio, where many of this city's landmarks are located nearby. Among them are the municipal theatre (a beautiful building) and the national library.

The annual Carnival celebration in Rio de Janeiro is world famous. It's a festival season that begins right before Lent. It's a very exciting public celebration that is quite a street party. While on the streets you're sure to see lots of people partying, as well as a samba competition.

Macaranã Stadium (commonly called Estádio de Macaranã) is one of the largest football stadiums in the world, seating over 200,000 spectators. It was opened in 1950 and is scheduled to host the World Cup Final in 2014.


Port Location
The cruise terminal is located nearby downtown Rio de Janeiro. It is not recommended to walk around the area surrounding the terminal, as it's not a particularly safe area.
 
Aerial of Rio de Janeiro
Aerial of Rio de Janeiro
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Christ the Redeemer
Christ the Redeemer
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Sugarloaf Mountain
Sugarloaf Mountain
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Macarana Stadium
Macaranã Stadium
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Wave Pattern at Copacabana Beach
Famous Portuguese Pavement Wave Pattern at Copacabana Beach
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Copacabana Palace Hotel
Copacabana Palace Hotel
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Ipanema Beach
Ipanema Beach
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Candelária Church
Candelária Church
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Teatro Municipal
Teatro Municipal



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