Rio (pronounced 'Heeoo' by locals)
The world's only urban forest is located in Rio. Its area of
3,300 hectares encompasses trees, belvederes, caves and waterfalls
in Tijuca National Park. In fact, nearly 20 percent of the city
(325.6 km2) is covered with vegetation, from Atlantic woods
to mangrove swamps.
The Statue of the Christ The Redeemer (Cristo Redentor) is
perched on Corcovado Peak.
Museum, Rua Sorocaba, #200, is dedicated to Latin America's
most celebrated composer.
TRANSPORTATION - Antônio Carlos Jobim
International Airport (code GIC, better known as Galeão
International Airport) is 20 kilometers from downtown.
The Central Station, or Central do Brasil, serves local commuter
DISTANCES - Belo Horizonte - 450 kilometers
(280 miles), Brasília - 1160 kilometers (725 miles),
Porto Alegre - 1550 kilometers (970 miles), Salvador - 1730
kilometers (1080 miles), Sao Paulo - 430 kilometers (270 miles)
The Maracanã sports complex hosts some of the best soccer
played in the world.