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Rio de Janeiro is known by brazilians as "Cidade Maravilhosa" - (the wonderful city), and without no doubt it is wonderful. It's the second largest city in Brazil and is famous for its breathtaking landscapes, the beauty of the beaches and its annual carnival party. The city has spectacular geographic features including Sugar Loaf mountain at 395 meters (1,296 feet), Corcovado Peak at 704 meters (2,310 feet), and the hills of Tijuca at 1,021 meters (3,350 feet).


Even the most experient tourist find out Rio's beaches quite amazing. Beyond beauty, the beaches are large, clean, with soft white sand. The main beaches from Leme to Barra have plenty of services for the beach lovers, including free showers, wet paths to walk on hot sand, clean payed toilets, life-savers and police, tents and chairs for rent, soft and alcoholic drinks, bars and restaurants.