2014 FIFA WORLD CUP: RIO DE JANEIRO
A MARVELOUS, CORDIAL AND UNFORGETTABLE CITY : RIO DE JANEIRO
The combination of mountain, sea, and sun makes Rio de Janeiro a unique city. Few places around the world bring nature and city together on such a small surface. Thanks to this, Rio is one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world.
It is considered one of Brazil’s main “postcards” and it is the second largest city of Brazil: Rio de Janeiro or “The Marvelous City”, as it is known, is one of the most important economic, cultural and financial centers of the country. The city is internationally known for its cultural icons recognized worldwide that became some of the city’s postcards, such as Sugarloaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer statue and the Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. The city will stage the 2014 World Cup final match and the “cariocas”, as the city’s residents are known, are also getting ready for the 2016 Olympics.
“Brazil is the country of soccer and the next team to win the FIFA World Cup. We will be known as the Marvelous City. Rio already, is by itself, warm, but I’m sure the locals will receive fans from around the world with open arms, with care and attention. The city is working hard to provide the necessary infrastructure for the event,” says Eduardo Paes, the mayor of Rio.
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Christ the Redeemer’s statue was elected one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. From the top of its 38 meters and the 710 meters of Corcovado Hill, the statue of the Christ standing outstretched arms is the very image of the faith and warmth of the cariocas (people that were born in Rio de Janeiro).
From the top of the two hills you get an amazing view, which includes Botafogo Cove, the Copacabana seafront and the entrance to Guanabara Bay.
The stadium was built for the 1950 FIFA World Cup. With investments of US$ 218 million, the Maracanã Stadium will be a 90,000-capacity venue for the 2014 World Cup.