Quiz: Remember the definition of mal de mer?
literally "January River," named by explorer Amerigo Vespucci because he discovered it on Jan. 1, 1502, and so called because he incorrectly thought the bay was the estuary of a large river. See January.
Note: Rio is famous as a tourist attraction. Especially popular are its beaches, particularly the Copacabana.
Note: Rio's annual carnival is world-famous.