The city was the capital of Brazil for nearly two centuries, from 1763 to 1822, now it is the capital city of the State of Rio de Janeiro and the second largest city of Brazil. Rio de Janeiro is famous for its carnival celebrations, samba, Bossa Nova, beaches, such as Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon and the giant statue of Christ, known as Christ the Redeemer (‘Cristo Redentor’) atop Corcovado mountain. Rio de Janeiro/Galeão – Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport is located on Governador Island, approximately twenty kilometers from Rio de Janeiro downtown.
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