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Named as the Marvelous City, Rio de Janeiro is an excellent travel destination. Located in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city of the country. Famous for its fabulous landscapes and captivating beaches, the city offers a laidback atmosphere and lots of interesting places to see and several things to do. The appeal of attractions such as the Copacabana keeps the travellers busy.

The Tijuca Masjid or the Mesquita da Luz is the main Masjid in Rio de Janeiro. The Masjid is home to the Beneficent Muslim Society. The Masjid not only serves as a place of worship but also as a community centre for the Muslim community to meet and share their knowledge. The Muslim population in the city is diverse and comprises of Muslims from Morocco, Pakistan, India and Egypt.

The main attraction of Rio is its beaches. There are some beaches that do not allow bathing whereas others are safe for bathing. However, it is important to note that the beach culture in the city is quite open. If you want a break from the beach culture spend some time at the Centro. The prime sight is the Praca 15 de Novembro Square, here is where you can see the Imperial Palace and other grand buildings. The National History Museum is another wonderful attraction in the Centro.

The Corcovado Mountain is home to the most distinct feature of Rio de Janeiro, the Cristo Redentor statue. Visitors can reach the site easily by the historic train that takes you through a steep track directly to the station below the summit. The Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon is a huge space in the centre of Rio and offers amazing views of the skyline of Ipanema and the Corcovado Mountain. The Sugar Loaf Mountain too is good to visit.

The Brazilian fashion has gained a lot of popularity across the world. From shopping malls to street markets there are several wonderful places to shop in Rio. The Rua Visconde de Piraja, Avenida Ataulfo de Paiva, Ipanema, and Leblon are the best places to shop in the city. Apart from clothes the city also has some good bookstores. The Fiera Hippie, Praca General Osorio and Ipanema markets are the best to find local handicrafts. Visitors can find some good shopping malls in the southern part of the city.

Rio de Janeiro offers a variety of restaurants to suit the cravings of everyone. Whether you are looking for Japanese cuisine or seafood or vegetarian cuisine, you can find a number of options. There are a number of places where you can find pizzas and pastas. Rio is also popular for its pastries and exotic fruits. Visitors can also find a number of health food shops that offer vegetable sandwiches. Information about halal eateries can be obtained from the Masaajid.

Taking a taxi is the best way of moving around the city. If you are planning to travel to distant places around the city, then taking a car rental is a good choice. For those looking for affordable means of transport, buses are a great choice. Rio also has a metro subway system that connects Ipanema through Copacabana to Downtown and further.

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Brazil Info

ADMINISTRATIVE / COMMERCIAL CAPITAL: Brasília

GEOGRAPHY

Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth largetst country in the world. With a total area of 8,514,876.599 km2, Brazil shares a border with every country in South America except for Ecuador and Chile.

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 192 Million. Muslims account for about 0.01% of the population.

CLIMATE

Brazil has six climatic regions but most of the country is tropical. Generally the average temperature is about 25 °C.

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Portuguese is the official language. English is widely used as well.

LOCAL TIME

GMT -2 hrs to -4 hrs throughout the year

BUSINESS HOURS

General: 9 AM to 5 PM

HOLIDAYS

Independence Day: September 7th
May Day: May 1st
Republic Day: November 15th
Christmas: December 25th
New Year's Day: January 1st

CURRENCY

Brazilian Real

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police/ Emergencies: 190
Medical: 192
Fire: 193

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