5 Fun Facts About Summer Games Host Rio de Janeiro

Home to the 2016 Summer Games, Rio de Janeiro is not only one of the busiest cities in Brazil, but also the world! With beautiful beaches and skyscrapers galore, Rio is a destination spot for many travelers who want to visit Christ the Redeemer or simply enjoy the landscape of the stunning city. Check out these five facts that might surprise you about the city that’s currently making dreams come true for athletes around the world.


1. Rio de Janerio translates to ‘River of January.’ January is the month Portuguese rulers came to Guanabara Bay, where Rio is located, in 1502. Guanabara Bay is the opening of a river, or ‘rio.’


 Rio de Janeiro Street Map

2. Sugarcane, gold, and diamonds were all exports that made Rio a hot commodity for more than 300 years after it was discovered. During the 19th century, Rio began exporting coffee as well.


 Rio de Janeiro Street Map

3. Rio became the capital of Brazil in 1889, almost 400 years after the country was established. During the 1960s, the capital was again moved to Brasilia and then again to Sao Paolo, where it’s currently located.

 Rio Air Balloon by Naxart Studio

4. Rio is known for being the largest economic and cultural hub in Brazil. It’s also one of the most populated cities in the world.

 Braniff Airways Travel Poster, Rio De Janeiro, Dancer

5. One of Rio’s icons is the Christ the Redeemer statue that was built in 1931 and is now part of the Seven Wonders of the World. It sits on top of a mountain with 220 steps leading up to it. Thankfully Rio now offers tram rides and cars to reach the statue.


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by Anderson Design Group

Source: https://www.riodejaneiro.com/