The Rio de Janeiro-Galeao International Airport, also known as the Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport is the main airport serving the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. It is named after the Galleon Beach (translated as Praia do Galeao), located in front of the original passenger terminal of the airport where the galleon Padre Eterno was built. Since 2014, the airport is operated by the concessionary Rio Galeao, a consortium formed by the Brazilian investor Odebrecht and Changi Airport Group, with a minority participation of the government-owned company Infraero, the previous operator. The airport is the largest in Brazil in terms of site size, and is a multi-purpose airport both used by the public and the military (Air Force). The airport now runs under the brand name Riogaleao – Aeroporto Internacional Tom Jobim.
What to see & do
Once both a cinematic city centre and a grimy urban front line, Rio de Janeiro or simply Rio, nicknamed as cidade maravilhosa or marvelous city, is nothing if not completely exciting and fun. Surrounded by mountains, white sand beaches, and verdant rainforests fronting the deep blues – Rio is a city that has grown out of paradise itself. The city is one of the key cities in the country of Brazil, the second largest city in the country, and the sixth largest city in the Americas. It is intoxicating and beautiful – a truly exotic cocktail dripping with sensuality and adventure. And unlike other cities in the country, Rio lives on its own, filled with fallen angels that it calls its citizens.
Visiting this South American paradise does entail that a traveler should be prepared. Prepare for the fun, the excitement, the hedonism – the punch-drunk feelings even – and enjoy the high that this city brings you.
VENTURE: Samba (dance and music in Rio) – Samba is a lively, rhythmical dance originating in Brazil. Since the late 19th century, the dance has been popularized and incorporated in the culture of Brazil and of Rio – from local festivals up to the international show dancing and dance sport scenes. Although the world version of the Samba is slightly different, Brazil's finest Sambistas (samba dancers) continue the tradition of dancing the original version: energetic, vibrant, swift - women donning huge faux peacock tails and head dresses, grinding hips in high heels, and two-piece suits adorned with gems while dancing with a smile. The cariocas (the locals) even host yearly contests to hail the best Samba dancers in the city and in the country. Travelers are very much welcome to join and partake in the merry-making, especially during the night when everybody is happy dancing their way.
VIEW: Copacabana and Ipanema – prominent names? They originate in Rio! These beachfront resorts are the best of their kind in the country – the most luxurious and fun places to do water activities and dance the night away.
VISIT: Statue of Christ the Redeemer – next to the Carnaval, the Statue of Christ the Redeemer is probably one of the defining figures of Brazil and of Rio de Janeiro. Set in the Corvocado Mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park and overlooking the city, it is the symbol and the icon of Brazilian Christianity, one defining characteristic of Brazil's past and present.
VENTURE: The Carnaval – The Carnaval in Rio De Janeiro is one of the largest parties in the whole world. Due from Friday to Tuesday preceding Ash Wednesday (of the Catholic faith), residents of Rio go out and party like wild; colourful, hedonistic bacchanalia sprawling on the streets of Rio, culminated by a grand parade featuring elaborate floats of different themes and intricate designs. Admittedly for the locals though, the wild parties about town are where the real action is during the Carnaval. Tourists and travellers may experience the Carnaval with all its splendour at the said time, but are advised to be vigilant especially during the parties lasting from dusk all the way up to the crack of dawn.
How to get around within Rio de Janeiro
Brazil's main mode of transport is by car, with road systems totalling 1.98 million in the year 2002. It is very easy for travellers to drive or rent cars with their own chauffeur since it is the primary mode of transportation and the roads stretch from the city centre of Rio de Janeiro to the countryside and to the other cities. Mass transportation through trains or through the railway system has been declining, primarily due to the strength of car transport beginning in the 1940s and the privatisation of the railway systems.
How to get there
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