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Rio de Janeiro

2.82 million international tourists visit Rio de Janeiro every year, making it the most visited city in the Southern hemisphere.

Rio de Janeiro is home to the bossa-nova style of music, the most famous example of which is “The Girl from Ipanema”.

The statue of Cristo Redento, Christ the Redeemer, atop Cocovado Hill is one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World.

Tijuca National Park is the world’s largest urban forest, consisting of 32 square kilometres of hand-planted Atlantic Rainforest.

During its world famous Carnival, more than two million people line the streets of Rio de Janeiro every day.

Rio de Janeiro will hold the final match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup football tournament, and is hosting the 2016 Olympics.

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