Rio de Janeiro, commonly referred to simply as Rio (He-Oh), is the capital city of the State of Rio de Janeiro. It is the second largest city of Brazil, with a population of 11.5 million inhabitants, and the third largest metropolitan area in South America. Rio receives more international visitors than any other city in the Southern Hemisphere.
The city is known for its natural landscape, carnival celebrations, Samba and Bossa Nova music, and beaches such as Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon. Some of the most famous landmarks in addition to the beaches include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer (‘Cristo Redentor’) atop Corcovado mountain, named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and the Sugarloaf mountain (Pão de Açúcar). Rio de Janeiro will host the final match for 2014 FIFA World Cup, and the 2016 World Olympic Games, the first South American city to host the event.
Winter brings mild temperatures and less rain than in the summer, with temperatures ranging from 50° to 80°F. The U.S. Youth Ambassadors will love the city’s landscape and its people!
Who’s going to Rio de Janeiro:
All students will gather in Rio de Janeiro, where they will evaluate the program and tour the city. From here, they will go back to the United States.