8 Things You Didn’t Know About Rio de Janeiro

1. Rio de Janeiro has 56 miles of beaches

Beaches Rio Flickr/Alex Schwab

2. Corcovado, the mountain on which Christ the Redeemer sits, is over double the height of the Shard

CorcovadoFlickr/Rodrigo Soldon

3. A person from Rio de Janeiro is known as a Carioca

CariocaFlickr/Leandro Neumann Ciuffo

4. Christ the Redeemer is considered as one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World

Christ the redeemerFlickr/Mike Vondran

5. Copacabana beach hosted the world’s largest rock concert when the Rolling Stones played to over 1.5 million people there in February 2006


6. Rio de Janeiro will be the first South American city to host the Olympics

Rio 2016Flickr/Jorge from Brazil

7. Rio de Janeiro is the most visited city in the Southern Hemisphere

Rio travelFlickr/Mike Vondran

8. The first explorers arrived on 1 January and assumed it was the mouth of the great river so called it River of January or Rio de Janeiro

Rio de JaneiroFlickr/Brian Snelson
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