Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics Games
From the 5th to the 21st of August, the biggest sporting event in the world takes place in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro: athletes from more than 30 sporting disciplines and 150 nations come together to crown the best of the best for the XXXI. Olympics.
Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city in Brazil, is the capital of the Southeastern state. Its metropolitan area covers 6,650 sq. km with 10 million inhabitants. Good panoramic views, you can visit one of its landmarks, the famous 700 meters high Corcovado Mountain on which a nearly 40 m high statue of Christ stands and the unique urban Tijuca National Park (32 sq. km) is located in Rio.
Another landmark is the nearly 400 m high Sugar Loaf Mountain. The world famous 4 km long beach of Copacabana on which artists often build the impressive sand sculptures of Ipanema. The Governor’s Palace dating back to 1743, the Pao Imperial, in which exhibitions and concerts are held. Special attractions include: the Teatro Municipal from the beginning of the 20th century, the Biblioteca Nacional (1910), the Museu Nacional Histrico of the 16th Century, the Museu Nacional do Brasil, the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes. The churches include; Igreja e Convento de Santo Antonio and Sao Francisco da Penitencia, Mosteiro da Sao Bento (16 Century.). Even non-football fans should not miss the atmosphere in the Maracana stadium built for the World Cup in 1950. The Botanical Garden (1.5 Sq. km) with 7,000 tropical plants is one of the 10 most important in the world.