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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 22-25, 2012
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Rio de Janeiro was first discovered by Portuguese explorers who landed on Guanabara Bay on January 1, 1590 and, mistaking the bay for a river, gave it the name Rio de Janeiro – “January River”.

Today, Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city of Brazil and is commonly recognized as the main cultural hub of the country.  The city comprises a seamless mix of churches and buildings influenced by Portuguese, English and French architecture dating from the 16th century and is flanked by the distinctive combination of soaring mountains on one side and stunning beaches on the other.

Rio de Janeiro is perhaps best known for its carnival and breathtaking white beaches; however the city also boasts a number of famous landmarks including the Sugarloaf Mountain and the giant statue of the “Cristo Redentor” which has been named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

In addition to a thriving culture of music and dance the city also houses a wide range of cultural and historical attractions.  Sites of interest include the “Arcos da Lapa” – an 18th century Roman-style aqueduct, the 18th century “Passeo Publico” (public garden) and the “Paco Imperial” (imperial palace). There are also several museums, art galleries and historic churches.

Rio de Janeiro is a vibrant city both day and night. With its combination of stunning natural beauty and rich culture it is no wonder it has been nicknamed the “Cidade Maravilhosa” or “Marvelous City”.
 
We look forward to welcoming you in Rio de Janeiro!

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