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The bay of Guanabara Brazil
Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover The bay of Guanabara

In 1823, Charles Darwin declared: "the Guanabara bay exceeds anything that the Europeans can see in their own country in splendour". Rocks and small islands emerge from the sea in the chaos of the Rio bay. Even though it is polluted, it is considered to be one of the most beautiful bays in the world, often compared to those of San Francisco and Hong Kong.

The bay of Guanabara

The bay of Guanabara , Regatta off the coast of Rio , Brazil
Regatta off the coast of Rio

When the Portuguese discovered this bay on 1st January 1501, they christened the place Rio de Janeiro ('January River') because they thought they had found the mouth of a river.

© Ricardo Aguiar - age fotostock
The bay of Guanabara , The Bay of Rio , Brazil
The Bay of Rio

With rocks, islands, and islets emerging from the sea into the chaos that is the Bay of Rio, the famous Sugar Loaf Mountain stands majestically over the bay, under the watchful eye of Christ the Redeemer.

© Ricardo Aguiar - age fotostock
The bay of Guanabara , Rio-Niterói Bridge , Brazil
Rio-Niterói Bridge

Having opened in 1974, this 8 mile long girder bridge spans Guanabara Bay, connecting Rio de Janeiro and the town of Niterói.

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The bay of Guanabara , The Sugar Loaf Cable Car , Brazil
The Sugar Loaf Cable Car

This granite rock stands nearly 400m high and juts out at the entrance to Guanabara Bay.

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The bay of Guanabara , A legendary bay , Brazil
A legendary bay

In 1823, Charles Darwin declared that 'Guanabara Bay exceeds in its splendour anything the European is likely to see in his native land'.

© Marco Andras - age fotostock
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