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Aug 18, 2007
Rio de Janeiro River of January is a major city in south eastern Brazil and the capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro. The city was once the capital of Brazil. It is one of the most violent cities of the world around 80 victims are killed every week in assaults, stray bullets and narcoterrorism.

Rio de Janeiro sitting on the southern shore of a landlocked harbour in the brilliant setting of Guanabara Bay between beautiful seas and jungle covered mountains. Rio is the home of the most famous beach in the world Copacabana and the world's biggest carnival.

Rio's beaches are undoubtedly one of the main reasons why travellers visit the city. Ipanema and Copacabana are by far the most famous, but there are many others, each with a distinct character. Travellers should be aware that most beaches are polluted, and bathing is not advisable in any of the non-oceanic beaches except for those in the island of Paqueta.

The city has a vibrant music and arts scene, classical music, opera, open-air bars art-house cinema, laidback jazz, chorinho spots over-the-top samba clubs and throbbing nightclubs.

The main reason for visiting Rio seems to be the Carnival. This highly advertised party lasts for almost two weeks and it is well known for the escolas de samba that parade in Centro, on a gigantic structure called Sambodromo. During Carnival, the city has much more to offer though, with the blocos de rua, that parade on the streets. There are now hundreds of these street samba blocks, that parade almost in every neighbourhood, especially in Centro and the South Zone, gathering thousands of people.

Rio hosts the country's largest and most popular New Years Eve celebrations. The huge fireworks display and music shows attract two million people to the sands of Copacabana beach every year. People dress in white for luck and toast the arrival of the new year.

The main shopping streets are Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana and Rua Barata Ribeiro in Copacabana, Rua Visconde de Piraja in Ipanema and in Avenida Ataulfo de Paiva in Leblon. Rio has over 30 shopping centres located throughout the city.

Sugar Loaf Mountain is an attraction of Rio. The top of this mountain is an impressive 1300-feet above sea level and offers a spectacular view of Guanabara Bay and the city. Cable cars take visitors up the mountain in two stages, stopping on the way to the summit at Morro da Urca.
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Douglas Scott writes for The Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Rio Rental Site
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