In Rio de Janeiro you are likely to be labeled a Gringo.
But its simply an affectionate label for foreigner. The Cariocas, as the locals call themselves, may even treat you better for being one. Gringo simply applies to any non-Brazilian.
Rio de Janeiro, or simply Rio, Is characterized by its landscape, carnival, Bossa Nova and sexy samba.
It boasts some of the best beaches in the world, so much so they inspire songs, almost everyone has heard of the Copacabana and Ipanema.
Rio is Brazil's primary tourist attraction and resort. It receives the most visitors per year of any city in South America with an estimated 2.82 million international tourists a year.
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There is more to Rio, than just the beaches. Some of the most famous landmarks include;
- The giant statue of Christ the Redeemer ('Cristo Redentor') on Corcovado mountain
- The Sambodromo, a permanent parade avenue lined with grandstands which is used during Carnival
- Like all of South America, football is a religion and Maracana Stadium is one of the owrld's largest stadiums dedicated to the "beautiful game"
Sport will an integral part of Rio life in the coming years.
Rio de Janeiro will host some of the games, and most likely the final, of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and will host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, becoming the first South American city to do so.
Known as a carnival city and the second largest urban territory in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro looks out over a magnificent harbor dominated by Sugar Loaf Mountain, Corcovado Peak and the hills of Tijuca. Traces of its more than 500 year history can still be found within the Modern cityscape of Rio de Janeiro, including Paco Imperial and Candelaria Church.
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