Rio de Janeiro

Photography by Duncan Wolfe

April 30 2015

Rio’s inhabitants are referred to as Cariocas.

400 million liters of beer are consumed during Brazilian Carnival. An Olympic swimming pool holds 2.5 million liters.

Heloísa Pinheiro is the girl from Ipanema. Bikini clad and nineteen years old, she was noticed by composer João Gilberto strutting by the Veloso Bar on her daily walk to the beach from her home on Montenegro Street.

The Samba Parade during Rio de Janeiro’s carnival features a fierce competition between Rio’s 200 Samba schools. They are judged on their floats, costumes, dancing, and music, and often spend up to $3 million on costumes.

The Christ the Redeemer statue is struck by lightning about 3 to 5 times a year.