Rio de Janeiro hotels
<p><strong> Location, Climate </strong><p>
Rio de Janeiro or Rio for short is the capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro. It is also one of the largest cities in Brazil and is situated on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean near the Southern tropic. The climate in Rio is tropical wet and dry having both rainy and sunny seasons. The wettest month is December while the driest month is August.
<p><strong> Brief History </strong><p>
The Portuguese discovered Rio de Janeiro in 1565 when it made the city a fortification to protect themselves against the French. They were in a battle with the French for more than 10 years, but the Portuguese Empire remained in control of Rio. The city served as an outpost but soon became a leading trader when they founded diamonds, gold and ore in 1720.
<p><strong> Events, Landmarks, Activities</strong><p>
Get ready to make hotel reservations because thousands of tourists flock to Rio de Janeiro for the annual Carnival which is held 40 days before the season of Lent. Enjoy colorful parades, samba dances, street performers and all-night parties and feasts. Rio de Janeiro is famous for its pristine beaches including Ipanema, Copacobana and nudist beach Abrico. The most iconic landmark in Rio is the Cristo Redentor which is the giant statue of Jesus Christ on top of the spectacular Corcovado Mountain. Another must-see sight is the magnificent Sugarloaf Mountain which can be found along Guanabara Bay.
The cheapest way to get around Rio is by bus which is also very accessible. Getting a taxi or renting a car is a good choice for groups traveling to Rio.