Fun Fact 2 The Harbor of Rio de Janeiro is Portuguese for the 'river of
January'. Portuguese is the official language of Brazil.
Fun Fact 3: The Harbor of Rio de Janeiro is one of the biggest bays in
the world, in fact, based of the volume of water, it is the biggest!
Fun Fact 4: This beautiful harbor is also known as Guanabara Bay. It is
surrounded by mountains making it look even more spectacular. It is no
surprise it has become one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World.
Fun Fact 5: The mountains which surround the Harbor of Rio de Janeiro
include the well known Sugar Loaf Mountain which stands at 395 meters,
the Corcovado Peak and the hills of Tijuca.
Fun Fact 6: One aspect which makes the Harbor of Rio de Janeiro more
famous is the humungous statue of Christ the Redeemer which stands tall,
overlooking the city from its location high up on Corcovado Mountain.
Fun Fact 7: The climate at the Harbor of Rio de Janeiro is generally
good all year round. During the summer months the temperature is usually
very high, between 35-39 degrees Celsius. Even during the winter months,
the temperature tends to remain at a pleasant 20-30 degrees Celsius.
Fun Fact 8: The Harbor of Rio de Janeiro was discovered in 1502 and
named by Concalo Coelho, a Portuguese seafarer.
Fun Fact 9: The Harbor of Rio de Janeiro is very big, it measures 28
kilometers east to west and 30 kilometers north to south.
Fun Fact 10: The incredible bay has some of the most spectacular beaches
with white sand and crystal waters - there are around 80 kilometers of
beaches in total!
Fun Fact 11: Rio de Janeiro used to be the capital of Brazil but this
changed in 1960 when Brasilia became the country's new capital city.
Fun Fact 12: Rio de Janeiro is the third biggest city in South America
and it has a population of around six million people.
Fun Fact 13: There are more than 130 islands within the Harbor of Rio de
Janeiro which include Snakes Island, Fundao and Governor's Island.
Fun Fact 14: Guanabara Bay was formed naturally by the Atlantic Ocean.
Over time, the sea eroded the rocks and sand developing the bay we
Fun Fact 15: The bay was named Guanabara by the Tamoio people who were
the original habitants of the the area. The name means 'arm of the sea'.