Rio de Janeiro

By Nolan, Madison, & Anton

Basic Information

The population of Rio de Janeiro is 6.3 million and is the second largest city in Brazil. The city is located at 23 degrees south, and 43 degrees west. It is located on the eastern coast of brazil and is east of Sao Joao Meriti, northeast of Sao Paulo, and southeast of Brazil's capital, Brasilia. Rio De Janeiro will also be hosting the 2016 summer olympics.

Rio has a warm, humid, and tropical climate. While humidity averages pretty high year-round, the temperatures usually average between 60 and 87 degrees Fahrenheit. Along the coast, an ocean breeze controls temperature.

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Physical Features

Rio has many sites to see, both in the city and the countryside. Mountains surround the beautiful coasts of Rio. Rio is considered a city in a forest to some because of the stunning mountains and ocean views surrounding the area.The Mantiqueira Mountains are the most well known mountain range near Rio, because of their size and beauty. It is a great area to go sightseeing because of the natural sights as well as the city. There are also many great beaches to visit, too. The beaches have become a source of celebration and partying. Beaches are to Rio as cafes are to Paris. The beaches have become a signature attraction of Rio. Lastly, the nature around the city has become an attraction in itself. Whether it's the sugarloaf mountain (not to be confused with the Sugarloaf mountain of Marquette, Michigan), or the Claudio Coutinho Trail, there are many stunning physical features to discover in Rio de Janeiro.

Human Features

There are many exciting things that man made to do in Rio. Whether it's tour the culture rich streets or to watch the country's beloved sport of soccer, the list goes on and on. My first example is perhaps the most symbolic figure in all of Brazil. What I am talking about is the statue of Christ the Redeemer. Standing on Corcovado overlooking the city, the statue captures every view of Rio and stands as an inspiration for the entire city. Next, the site of the 2014 FIFA World cup. It could be to many the heaven of soccer. Holding 96,000, The Maracana. It is definitely a destination for any soccer fan, it being the site of arguably the largest soccer event all year. Rio being a soccer town, the entire city takes a swell of pride in the stadium. My last example was founded in 1808 by John VI of Portugal. One of the freshest places in the world is the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Gardens. Located in the southern part of town, the gardens hold 6,500 different species and some of them being endangered. This is a must see for any green thumb, it being one of the largest botanical gardens in the world.
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