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Sexy, sassy and larger than life Rio de Janeiro is one of the 26 states of Brazil, though it is, of course dominated by the city of the same name.
Located in the Southeast, it has boundaries with Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo and São Paulo and borders the Atlantic ocean, to its East and South. With an area of 43,653 km2, its capital is the city of Rio de Janeiro, which was the capital of the Portuguese colony as of 1763 (the first one being Salvador da Bahia).
The state's most populous cities are Rio de Janeiro, Nova Iguaçu, Niterói, Duque de Caxias, São Gonçalo and São João de Meriti. The main rivers are the Guandu River, the Piraí, the Paraíba do Sul, the Macaé and the Muriaé.
The climate is considered to be tropical.
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Along the coast north of Rio there are beaches famous for their clear blue water and fine white sand. The long stretch of coast around Cabo Frio contains the nation’s most spectacular beaches, perfect for swimming, excellent for surfing, and a ideal for sunbathing.
The peninsula of Buzios has more than a dozen fabulous beaches, from the cute and nearly deserted inlet of Ferradurazinha to the popular Tartaruga Beach with its excellent beachfront restaurants and offshore pools for snorkeling. Just an hour or two inland from Rio you will find some of the most lush, tropical mountains in the country.
There, you can practice white-water rafting, mountain climbing, rappelling, and camping. The main area is the Serra dos Orgãos National Park, where you’ll find the spectacular Finger of God.
Many travelers stay in Rio de Janeiro and take day or week-end excursions to the mountains or northern beaches, which are the main attractions of the state.