, the humidity can be high in summer, even though temperatures rarely rise above 30˚C; most of the rain falls from October to January. In winter, Rio temperatures hover around 23˚C, with a mix of both rainy and superb days.
Rio is a city with beaches, mountains, skyscrapers and favelas. The city itself can be divided into two zones: North Zone, which consists of industrial, working-class, and South Zone, full of middle and upper class and Rio’s well-known beaches.
The parts of Rio you are most likely to explore stretch along the shore of the Baia de Guanabara and the Atlantic Ocean. South from Centro are the neighborhoods of Lapa, Botafogo and Urca where the striking peak of Pão de Açúcar dominates the landscape.
Further south lie Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon, the only stops for many travelers to the city.
The name Copacabana comes from a small Bolivian village on Lake Titicaca. Historians believe a statue of the Virgin Mary was brought to Rio and consecrated inside a small chapel near Arpoador.
A visit to Pão de Açúcar(Sugar Loaf) is possible with two cable cars. The first ascends 220m to Morro da Urca. From here, you can see Baia de Guanabara and the winding coastline. On the ocean side of the mountain is Praia Vermelha, in a small, calm bay. Morro da Urca has its owm restaurant, souvenir shops, a playground, an outdoor theater . The secont cable car goes up to Pão de Açúcar. At the top, the city unfolds beneath you, with Corcovado, mountain and Cristo Redentor off to the west, and Copacabana to the south.
Other areas of interest include the looming statue of Cristo Redentor, atop Corcovado in Cosme Velho, from where there are fabulous views of both zones of the city. The mountain rises straight up from the city to 710m, and at night, the brightly lit, 38m-high statue is visible from nearly every part of the city- all 1145 tons of the open-armed redeemer.
Maracana Football Stadium is another interesting point.
You can visit a samba schools. The most popular schools for tourists are Mangueira and Salgueiro.
Rio has quite a few large shoppings (malls): Rio-Off Price, Botafogo Praia Shopping, Sao Conrado Fashion Mall.
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