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Rio de Janeiro (state)

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Rio de Janeiro (state)
Brazil State RiodeJaneiro.svg
Bandeira do estado do Rio de Janeiro.svg
Quick Facts
Capital Rio de Janeiro
Government Brazilian State
Currency Real (R$) (BRL)
Area 43,696.1 km2
Population 16,231,365 (2012 est.)
Language Official:Portuguese
Religion n/a
Electricity In general 127V/60Hz with some cities using 220V/60Hz (North American or European plug)
Time Zone UTC -3/-2
Beach in Búzios
Rio de Janeiro is a state in Brazil.


Regions of Rio de Janeiro
Breathtaking mountains near Petropolis and Teresopolis
Lake Region (Região dos Lagos)
Coastal cities such as sophisticated Búzios and popular Cabo Frio
Greater Rio (Grande Rio)
Includes the State's capital and neighbouring Niteroi.
Valley Region
Costa Verde (Green Coast)
Forest meets beaches, islands and history in Paraty, Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande.


  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Angra dos Reis - Beautiful two hour coastline including 365 islands
  • Cabo Frio
  • Macaé - Brazil's booming oil capital.
  • Niterói - Just across the bay from Rio de Janeiro, go here to see Oscar Niemeyer's amazing Niteroi Museum of Contemporary Art (shaped like a UFO).
  • Nova Iguaçu - Famous for its violence and crime. This city has a myth of the only Brazilian volcano (scientifically not a volcano).
  • Petrópolis - A lovely city in the tops of the mountains. A good place to cool off from the Rio sun!
  • Teresópolis - A very nice city in the mountains close to Rio de Janeiro
  • Volta Redonda

Other destinations[edit]

  • Agulhas Negras - Mountain climbing at Itatiaia
  • Armação dos Búzios
  • Arraial do Cabo
  • Fumaça – It is a small village on the outskirts of Resende. This small village hides some of the most beautiful (and dangerous) waterfalls in Rio.
  • Ilha Grande - Near Angra dos Reis, this island boasts some beautiful beaches.
  • Itaguaí - Small suburb about 1 hour from the city
  • Mangaratiba
  • Paraty - A 18th century well-preserved colonial town on the coast, just 260km West from Rio de Janeiro on the green coast
  • Penedo - A Brazilian version of "little Finland" with euro architecture, cobblestone streets, small shops and lots of trout restaurants. Just outside of Resende.
  • Resende
  • Três Rios - Where three of the state's rivers meet. Near the border of Minas Gerais
  • Trindade



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  • Espírito Santo — Although somewhat off-the-beaten path, the state north of Rio de Janeiro has much to offer tourists. The capital Vitória's beautiful bay and bridge; Vila Velha's Convento da Penha (a 16th-century hilltop Franciscan convent); Guarapari's beaches and summer parties; the German-colonized town of Domingos Martins; Pedra Azul State Park's beautiful blue rock; and Itaúnas's dunes and forró (a Northeastern Brazilian dance); are some of the main attractions that should guarantee tourists a good time.
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