Rio de Janeiro, meaning the River of January, sits on the Atlantic coast of Brazil and is the country's second largest city behind São Paulo. For over two centuries it was the bustling capital of Brazil and even today it is one of the most important commercial and political centres in the country. The people’s sense of fun is matched only by the spectacular natural environment that Rio enjoys. There are mountains, nature trails and forests including Floresta da Tijuca, the world’s largest urban forest. Its beaches are among the most beautiful in the world while its waters are home to an abundance of marine life. In fact, no visitor should leave without experiencing the city’s beach life and Rio has hundreds of outstanding beaches from which to choose. Along with Copacabana in the heart of the city, popular beaches include Prainha and Grumari, the beaches of Búzios just along the coast and at Angra dos Reis the beaches of Piedade and Jurubaíba. Rio de Janeiro has famous landmarks too. Along with Christ the Redeemer, the massive statue of Jesus, there is Sugar Loaf Mountain the iconic image of the Rio skyline. The view from the top is amazing. The city also has many museums including the ‘living museums’ of Petrópolis and Parati where visitors can see authentic architecture from the time Rio de Janeiro was founded while sporting enthusiasts will be captivated by the Maracanã Stadium one of the world´s largest football stadiums. Rio de Janeiro is well and truly on the map as one of the world’s greatest cities.