...Guanabara Bay was reached by Portuguese explorers in a expedition led by Gaspar de Lemos or Gonçalo Coelho on January 01, 1502. Hence Rio de Janeiro, "January River". The sailors thought that Guanabara Bay was a river.
...The city was founded on March 01, 1565 by Portuguese Estácio de Sá, who called it São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro in order to honor the king of Portugal Dom Sebastião. Get to know our attractions, culture and people. You will be amazed.
....If you take a good look at this website, you will find out why Rio de Janeiro is known as the wonderful city.