Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, names new UNESCO World Heritage Site
Posted on Monday 02 July 2012
in Brasil, Rio De Janeiro
Indian travellers who are considering a trip to Rio de Janeiro in the near future now have more reasons to visit this vibrant city. Recently, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced that the entire metropolis was named a new World Heritage Site. These honours are given to locations, landmarks and natural wonders across the globe that hold true significance in history, preservation and tradition.
What is a UNESCO World Heritage Site?
UNESCO is a massive group of representatives from dozens of countries who meet often to compile an updated list of the chosen destinations, each of which are also categorized by their cultural and natural state, or if it is in danger of being wiped off the map. When cities or other notable landmarks receive this honour, it usually means that the area will have an influx of travellers coming to visit. Countries hoping to boost their tourism industry often hope to be given several UNESCO World Heritage sites that they can promote as being a part of this prestigious accolade.
What makes Rio de Janeiro among the most protected sites worldwide?
This harbourside city has been on the map for travel for generations. Many tourists choose to visit for its scenic waterfront views, friendly atmosphere and year-round festivals. The UNESCO organization recognized these efforts to preserve local cultures and customs, alongside the city's overall conservation efforts when it comes to investing in its buildings, statues and nature reserves.
Some of the features and attractions noted by UNESCO in Rio de Janeiro are the picturesque Tijuca National Park and the Jardim Botanico urban botanical garden that has been a haven for city dwellers for more than 200 years. The sandy beaches were also mentioned in the official announcement, which have been painstakingly cared for and protected so residents and travellers can enjoy the shoreline free of damage and pollution. Although the city's developments are not perfect, this type of award may encourage Rio to continue adding new projects and improvement initiatives to further enhance its tourism offerings.
Indian travellers who have considering booking Rio de Janeiro holidays should make time to see the various sights and sounds of this diverse destination as they continue to evolve and improve over the coming years.
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