Bruno Astuto. Rio de Janeiro greets everyone with friendly faces and open arms. Its magical beauty has amazed explorers and inspired countless artists, poets, and musicians for more than 450 years. The spirit of Rio lives in the hearts of its citizens: Generous, creative, open-minded, and in constant motion, they are a people of all colors and creeds, who despite social difficulties never lose their morale, their smiles, or their faith. Filled with vibrant imagery celebrating this dynamic city, In the Spirit of Rio includes a guide to the best hotels, restaurants, art galleries, shopping, and attractions.