Facts About Rio De Janeiro – 30 things to know about Rio

Facts About Rio de Janeiro - 30 things to know about Rio


Facts About Rio de Janeiro - spend 5 minutes reading some interesting facts about Rio De Janeiro and its history!

1. Rio de Janeiro the city has an estimated population of 6.3 Million inhabitants and the metropolitan area of Rio and its 16 other municipalities totals to 10.5 Million.

2. If you are from the city of Rio de Janeiro you are known as a Carioca which is derived from the Tupi language meaning "white mans house" refering to the early portuguese dwellers.

3. If you are born in the heart of the city you are known as "Carioca da gema" which translates as Carioca from the yolk.

4. The musical genre Bossa Nova was invented in Rio de Janeiro in the 1950s and translates as "new trend".

5.  The mountain in which you will find Christ the Redeemer overlooking the city is 710 metres above sea level.

View Rio De Janeiro

Christ the Redeemer at Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro

6. The City of Rio boasts 35 beaches including the more famous ones such as the Copacabana and Ipanema.

7.  Facts about rio de janeiro - Rio de Janeiro was the capital of Brazil from 1763 until 1960 when the capital was changed to Brasilia to occupy a more central location in the country

8. The mountain was originally known as the mountain of temptation in the 16th century and later became its current name "O Corcovado" which translates to "hunchback"

9. The Christ the Redeemer statue was constructed in France and was transported to Rio piece by piece. It is 38 metres high.

10. The largest Favela in South American and Brazil is located in Rio, the Rocinha favela is estimated to home approx 150,000 inhabitants.

Rocinha Favela View

Rocinha Favela View from top Rio de Janeiro

11. The nickname of Rio de Janeiro is "Cidade Maravilhosa" which translates as "The Marvelous City".

12. The Sugar Loaf mountain or Pão de Açúcar is 396 metres above sea level and offers a cable car ride to the very top to see the best views of Rio.

13. Facts about rio de janeiro - Sugar loaf cable cars have been running since 1912 and can carry upto 65 passengers at a time. The cable car runs in 2 stages first to the top of Urca Hill and then to the summit at Sugar Loaf.

14. The yearly average temperature in Rio De Janeiro ranges from 20 - 28 degrees Celcius or 68-82 degrees Fahrenheit.

15. The most famous Carnival in the world takes place in Rio de Janeiro every year 46 days before the Easter Festivities. The celebration and competition it has now become takes part at the Sambodromo stadium in the city.

Carnival Rio 2014

Carnival Costumes from 2014

16. The Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro is a football mecca and holds the record for an attendance at a game in the 1950 world cup final vs Uruguay in which Brazil lost 2-1 and the official attendance was  173,850 but it is estimated over 200,000 including non paying spectators were actually in attendance to watch the game.

17. According to OSAC since 2005, homicides in the state and city of Rio de Janeiro have declined nearly 50 percent from 42 homicides per 100,000 to 24 per 100,000 in 2012.

18. The name Rio de Janeiro translates as the "River of January" derived from early european explorers visiting the area in January 1502.

19. The city was not officially founded until   March 1, 1565,  by the Portuguese.

20.  Facts about rio de janeiro - The Copacabana beach in Rio is the longest beach at 4km.

Copacabana beach Rio De Janeiro

4 Km of beach at the Copacabana

21. Rio is the second largest city in Brazil after São Paulo of population.

22. The city of Rio de Janeiro covers an area of 1255 square kilometres.

23. Rio attracts around 2.8 Million visitors per year and is the most visited city in South America.

24. The most famous Brazilian footballer of all time and possibly the word Pelé scored his 1000th goal at the Maracanã stadium against Vasco de Gama in 1969 while playing for his team Santos.

25.  The patron saint of Rio is Saint Sabastian or São Sebastião in portuguese.

Metropolitan Cathederal of São Sebastião in Rio De Janeiro

Metropolitan Cathederal of São Sebastião in Rio De Janeiro

26. Rio is home to one of the oldest street tram systems known as the Santa Teresa Tram line or Bonde de Santa Teresa running since 1877. 5 people died after one of the trams derailed in 2011 and has been in the process of refurbishment before to re-open.

27. The Tijuca Forest which is the largest urban rainforest in the world can be found in Rio de Janeiro.

28. The city of Rio de Janeiro is divided into several districts including Zona Oeste, Zona Norte, Zona Sul, Centro, Barra da Tijuca district, Campo Grande and Santa Cruz.

29. Around 200 Samba schools take part in the Carnival each year with many of the schools located in the cities favelas. Some of the top schools spend millions on costumes for each years theme the individual schools will base their parade on.

30. Facts about rio de janeiro - Street art and graffiti is legal in Rio de Janeiro since 2009 on private property as long as its with consent of the owner of the building.

Favela colour in Rio De Janeiro

Favela Art Rio de Janeiro

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