One of the most fascinating parts of Brazil is its huge diversity in cultures and people within the country. So where is Rio de Janeiro placed in the larger context?
In my opinion Rio de Janeiro is a place that has to be seen when visiting Brazil. It would, however, be a big mistake to equate Rio de Janeiro with Brazil as a whole. The cultural differences are vast across various regions.
If you visit Rio de Janeiro it is a very short distance from there to the city of São Paulo. If you plan on visiting many small cities within the state of Rio de Janeiro, you really should considering taking a short trip to São Paulo instead.