The Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro is situated in the southeast part of the country, featuring a long, wonderful Atlantic coast to the east and south. It shares borders with the states of Espírito Santo to the north, Minas Gerais to the northwest and São Paulo to the west.
Its capital of the same name - Rio de Janeiro - is the second largest metropolis in Brazil and a favoured tourist destination in the country. The beaches of Rio de Janeiro are world-famous namely Copacabana and Ipanema. The spirited city is home to the iconic, huge statue of Christ, and the rock peak of Sugarloaf above the harbour.
The state of Rio de Janeiro is abundant of idyllic places for a warm and memorable holiday - which you may discover through the live webcams. Its beaches are especially attractive to tourists and locals, found throughout the numerous coastal towns and cities. Among these, we highlight the modern Niterói with many landmarks designed by the architect Oscar Niemeyer, and where you will also find the famed beach “Praia de Icaraí”.
The state’s colonial villages are also worth a visit as well as the green areas including Costa Verde (Green Coast) – a huge expanse of Atlantic Forest.
Population: estimated 17 million people
Capital: Rio de Janeiro
Other major cities: São Gonçalo, Duque de Caxias, Nova Iguaçu, Niterói, Belford Roxo, São João de Meriti, Campos dos Goytacazes
Popular attractions: Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugarloaf Cable Car, Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, Ilha Grande (island), Selaron Steps, Maracanã complex, Marine Aquarium of Rio de Janeiro, Rio Art Museum, beaches
Nearest Airports: Rio de Janeiro/Galeão – Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (GIG - Aeroporto Internacional do Rio de Janeiro/Galeão – Antonio Carlos Jobim), Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport (SDU - Aeroporto do Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont)