Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro was the capital of Brazil (1763-1960) and of the Portuguese Empire (1808-1821). The city is commonly known as Rio.
Rio is famous for its spectacular natural setting, its Carnival celebrations, samba, great beaches, and fun.
Some of the most famous local landmarks are the giant statue of Jesus, known as Christ the Redeemer on top of Corcovado mountain; Sugarloaf mountain with its cable car, and of course the beaches.
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