The city was the capital of Brazil for nearly two centuries, from 1763 to 1815 during the Portuguese colonial era, 1815 to 1821 as the capital of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and Algarves, and 1822 to 1960 as an independent nation. Rio is nicknamed the Cidade Maravilhosa or "Marvelous City."
Rio de Janeiro represents the second largest GDP in the country (and 30th largest in the world in 2008),estimated at about R$ 343 billion (IBGE/2008) (nearly US$ 201 billion), and is the headquarters of two major Brazilian companies – Petrobras and Vale, and major oil companies and telephony in Brazil, besides the largest conglomerate of media and communications companies in Latin America, the Globo Organizations. The home of many universities and institutes, it is the second largest center of research and development in Brazil, accounting for 17% of national scientific production – according to 2005 data. Rio de Janeiro is the most visited city in the southern hemisphere and is known for its natural settings, carnival celebrations, samba, Bossa Nova, balneario beaches such as Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon. Some of the most famous landmarks in addition to the beaches include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer ('Cristo Redentor') atop Corcovado mountain, named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World; Sugarloaf mountain (Pão de Açúcar) with its cable car; the Sambódromo, a permanent grandstand-lined parade avenue which is used during Carnival; and Maracanã Stadium, one of the world's largest football stadiums. The 2016 Summer Olympics will take place in Rio de Janeiro, which will mark the first time a South American city hosts the event. Rio's Maracanã Stadium will also host the final match for 2014 FIFA World Cup. Rio de Janeiro will also host World Youth Day in 2013.
Edward and Bella's honeymoon
After they were married back in their home town of Forks Washington, Bella Cullen and Edward Cullen, they went to Rio de Janerio for their honeymoon on an Island called Isle Esme,on the coast of Rio. It was a present from Carlisle to Esme many years ago, they consummed their marriage in Rio by making love on Isle Esme. After two or so weeks Bella ended up finding out that she was pregnant with Edwards human/vampire hybrid child, which was named Renesmee Carlie Cullen. They caught a plane home from the airport in Rio, so that Carlisle could help Bella. But before they get on the plane, Bella rings Rosalie to assist her saving her unborn baby. Since Rosalie always wanted child, Rosalie jumped to the role as Bella's body guard once they got home from their honeymoon in Rio.
|Washington cities||Forks • La Push • Port Angeles • Seattle|
|Other cities||Denali, Alaska • Jacksonville, Florida • Biloxi, Mississippi • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania • Phoenix, Arizona • Volterra, Italy|
|Businesses||The Lodge • Newton's Olympic Outfitters • Thunderbird and Whale Bookstore|
|Other locations||Character homes • First Beach • Forks High School • Forks Hospital • Isle Esme • La Bella Italia • The Meadow|