It is the country's second largest manufacturing centre after SAO PAuLO Major industries include metallurgy and food processing. Noted for its wide streets, public buildings, beaches (see Copacabana), and public parks and gardens, it is a leading tourist and resort centre.
Rio is the cidade rnaravilhosa (marvelous city). Seven million cariocas, as its inhabitants are called, are jammed into the world's most beautiful city setting, between ocean and escarpment. Despite Rio's enormous problems poverty, violence, drug abuse, favelas (shantytowns), police corruption cariocas pursue pleasure like no other people: beaches and the body beautiful, samba and football, beer and cachaca
The sensuality of Carnaval is the best known expression of this Dionysian spirit.
Rio is a good city for budget travelers, with plenty of cheap restaurants and hotels, free and democratic beaches, friendly and approachable people, and lots to explore and see.
Places to Stay
Albergue da Juventude Chave Rio de Janeiro
Non HI Copacabana Praia
Hotel Rio Lisboa
Hotel Monte Blanco
Grande Hotel Canada
Hotel San Marco