Rio is a beautiful city famous for breathtaking landscapes that include gorgeous mountains, white sand beaches and stunning rainforests. A laid back beach culture coexists with a busy metropolis making Rio an ever popular tourist destination on Brazil vacations.
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The third largest metropolitan area in South America and one of the most visited cities in the southern hemisphere, Rio de Janeiro, commonly referred to as just Rio, is located on a strip of Brazil’s Atlantic coast, close to the Tropic of Capricorn, a must destination on Brazil tours.
Portuguese explorers first arrived on the western shores of Rio in January 1503 giving way to its name Rio de Janeiro, or January River. The city was later formally established in March 1565. Rio went on to be the capital of Brazil for nearly two centuries beginning during the Portuguese colonial era in 1763 and concluding when the capital was moved to Brasília in 1960.