Rio de Janeiro is Brazil’s second largest city and one of the largest in South America. The history of this large city dates back to the 1500’s when it was colonized by the Portuguese. During the 19th Century, Germans, Italians, Portugeuse, and other groups flooded the city, bringing with them their customs and traditions. Today Rio has a population of over five million with 11 million in the metro. Its magnificent physical location gives Rio what many travelers call the most beautiful setting of any city in the world. Emporis currently includes a complete listing of the city's highrise buildings in the following neighborhoods: Barra da Tijuca, Cidade Nova , Flamengo, Itanhangá, Leme, Recreio dos Bandeirantes, São Conrado, Urca and Vidigal. Every building in these areas with 12+ floors can be found here.