Beautiful and lively, Rio de Janeiro is the capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro and the second largest city in Brazil, the city has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, named "Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea”. Informal, warm, and creative, the city is nevertheless more than just a tourist destination. One of the main economic, cultural, and financial centers of the country, Rio de Janeiro hosted the final game of the World Cup and Summer Olympics were held in the city in July and August 2016. For this reason the city is undertaken a lot of urban innovation and development.
Rio de Janeiro is the second largest research center in Brazil; it houses various specialized institutes and universities producing 20% of the country’s scientific research. In Rio you can visit one of the world´s seven wonders, the Christ the Redeemer and also several touristic venues as the Sugarloaf Mountain, the Maracanã Stadium, the Botanical Gardens, Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches, etc.
Rio de Janeiro has the second largest GDP of any city in Brazil. Densely populated, beautiful and lively, Rio de Janeiro is one of the most visited cities in the Southern Hemisphere and is known for its breathtaking natural settings, carnival celebrations, samba, bossa nova and an unmatched cultural vibrancy.