Rio de Janeiro has over 11 million people. Rio is the second largest city in Brazil.
Today the people of Rio de Janeiro are American Indian, European, or African descent.
Football in Rio de Janeiro is what we call soccer in America. It is extremely popular. Volleyball is also played.
Ipanema Beach is great for joggers, musicians, and a young crowd. Sugar loaf Mountain has two cogwheel trains that carry visitors to the summit for a stunning view of the city. The sculpture, Christ of Redeemer can be seen on Corcovado Mountain. Teatro Municipal is Brazil's leading theater building. The theater features opera, ballet, and concerts. It has a distinctive brass roof with a sculpted eagle on top. Floresta da Tijuca's tropical forest is only a short 20 minutes from Rio de Janeiro. Along its winding paths visitors can see orchids, parrots, and monkeys.
Every New Years Eve by 10 P.M. everyone, the rich and the poor, set out stuff like lipstick, ribbon, brushes, lace, and candles for the goddess of the sea, Lemanja.
Popular spices include cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and avocado.
Rio de Janeiro is a humid tropical city. All year round is sunny. In July the normal temperature is 68 degrees in Fahrenheit. In February, the normal temperature is 79 degrees in Fahrenheit. Usual rainfall is 44 inches. There is more rain in the summer.