National Geographic : 2007 Dec
Sp cial L\dr.tlsin. ertion RII~ %j1K There are those who say, with a quirky smile on their lips, that they saw the statue of Christ the Redeemer - for a few short seconds - raise its arms and celebrate its inclusion among the New Seven Wonders of the World. As a matter of fact, the monument still holds its arms open over the city of Rio de Janeiro, and had its new status announced at a ceremony held inLisbon on 07.07.07. There could not be a more appropriate icon for Brazil, a city so famous for its human warmth and receptivity. And Rio, at 442 years old, is still a place of many parties and constant change. One of the best examples is the City of Samba (Cidade do Samba). Occupying an area of Rio where this rhythm originated, the newest attraction of the city includes numerous samba schools, in a constant state of preparation for Carnival. Besides all traditional cultural activities and the casualness that marks the lifestyle of the inhabitants of Rio de Janeiro - the cariocas - this year the city had even more reasons to celebrate: Impressive airplane maneuvers at the Air Race World Series, great stars gathered for the environmental cause at Live Earth, and, most of all, the profusion of athletes and tourists for the XV Pan American Games. To receive all of these guests well, and so frequently, a house needs to have constant care. The result is the improvement of the tourist infrastructure, with more and better hotels, renovated airports, and tourist attractions accessible to everybody, equipped convention centers, enhanced services, and reinforcement inpublic safety. Rio always has something new to offer, even to those who already know the city well. And it is increasingly prepared to be the first stop of an unforgettable trip around this world called Brazil. > Service -JOU There are direct connections , , between the USA and Rio de Janeiro Htm(, from Atlanta, Boston, Houston, Miami, New York, and Washington. Utisalways the right time to visit Rio de Janeiro. The average temperature is 75.20°F But the r summer (December to March) is the season when Rio reveals its splendor, despite the occasional downpours, sunglasses, cap and sun block. small backpack is aiso useful. Even at night, few places in Rio require formal clothes. For men, sprt pants and a shirt are enough; for women, informal clothes. Alight coat is enough for the winter nights. The electric current is 110 or 120 V and many hotls and buildings have alternative sockets for 220 V, Just like anywhere else in the world, avoid ostentation and the obvious "tourist look. Gratuities are optional but usually are around 10% of the consumed total and are added to the final value of the bil.