Area & Location: Located at 22°54' Latitude South and 43°14' Longitude West, Rio de Janeiro occupies an area of 1182.3 sq. km. Around 6,094,183 people reside in the city and its metropolitan area has a population of 11-12 million, making it the second largest city in Brazil.
Tourist Attractions: Parks, gardens and beaches constitute the attractive places in the city.
Transportation: The five airports in the city such as Galeao - Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport, Santos Dumont Regional Airport -one of the best set airports in the world, Aeroporto de Jacarepagua, Campo dos Afonsos and Santa Cruz Air Base, the military airport serve the city. Taxis, bus, trains, ferries,saveiros-the typical ship are the main means of transport in the city.
Hotels:The city has many luxury hotels and beach resorts like Copacabana Palace Hotel that are a frequent halt to the tourists visiting the city. Rio de Janeiro is also home to many international and star hotels that provide all modern amenities to its guests. Rio Internacional Hotel, Excelsior Copacabana Hotel, Sheraton Barra Hotel & Suites, Copacabana Palace Hotel, Martinique Copa Hotel, Best Western Sol Ipanema Hotel Copacabana Rio Hotel and Arpoador Inn are the recognized hotels in the city.
Places of Attraction: As a country famous for sports especially football, the city has a number of stadiums like Maracana stadium, one of the largest in the world, that were witness to many international sports championships. The Environmental Protection Area, created to protect its rocky coast and native plants, Flamengo Park, Morro Dois Irmaos Park and Jardim Botanico - Botanic Gardens are the renowned park and squares that are a nice break for the tourists who visit the city to relax and enjoy themselves. The Harbour of Rio de Janeiro, one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World attracts tourists from far and wide. The Carnival celebrations, samba and tourist beaches like Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon entertain the visitors. A giant statue of Jesus -Christ the Redeemer on top of Corcovado Mountain is the popular landmark of the city. Sugar Loaf Mountain with cable car; the Sambodromo- a giant permanent parade stand used in tome of Carnival are the other fascinations for the visitors. The city is home to Floresta da Tijuca, also called 'Tijuca Forest' -the world's largest forest inside an urban area.