5 Incredible Things You Didn’t Know About Rio

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By: Bradley Hasemeyer | Meredith Witthar Posted: 9:37 PM, Aug 4, 2016

Bradley Hasemeyer found five incredible things you didn't know about the home of the 2016 Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro.

1.  Huge Forest

With more than 6 million inhabitants, Rio is a big city, yet it's home to the largest urban forest in the world. The eight thousand acre conservation area is the result of reforestation, done at the end of the 19th century to restore the surrounding hills, which had been eroded by coffee plantations.

2.  The Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

Rio's Carnival is famous, and with good reason! Guinness World Records says it's the biggest carnival in the world, with five million people taking to the streets every year, and going absolutely stark raving nuts!

3.  Christ the Redeemer

The statue of Christ the Redeemer in one of the world's new seven wonders. Financed by Brazilians, designed by a Frenchman, and built with Swedish stones, it's the largest art deco statue in the world, at 124 feet tall. Its height does have downsides. It gets hit by lightning a lot. In fact, a strike in 2014 cost the statue a thumb!

4. Blue Skies

Carnival, miles of beaches, incredible food – the paradise doesn't end there. Rio also has the bluest sky in the world, based on the findings of a TV researcher who travelled the globe with a spectrometer developed by British scientists.

5.  Public Transportation

People from Rio are among the quickest in the world getting on and off buses, possibly because they are motivated by the fact that bus drivers are impatient and may leave you behind if you don't get on fast. While Londoners take 2.4 seconds to get on a bus, the people of Rio, known as Cariocas, take just 1.85 seconds to get on a bus. You've been warned!

That’s five incredible things you didn't know about Rio de Janeiro!

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