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Av. Pres. Castelo Branco, Portão 3 - Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20271-130, Brazil
Fans of legends like Ronaldo, Pele, Romario, Carlos Alberto and Nilton Santos will love to pay a visit to the Mecca of Football; the Maracanã Stadium. Officially opened during the 1950 World Cup, this all encompassing stadium features a capacity...
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Vidigal, Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Experience pure favela life in Rio at the Hostel Alto Vidigal. It's located in a fairly safe and very vibrant southern area of the favela and allows great access to the to famous beaches of Leblon and Ipanema. It's known for underground dj parties...
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Vidigal, Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Taking a tour of a favela in Rio is an important and illuminating experience if you look for an insider point of view of Brazil. There are close to 950 favelas in Rio, and home to 20% of Rio's population, however they remain a mystery for most...
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Dois Irmãos, Belford Roxo - RJ, 26170-070, Brazil
Even if you’ve never been to Brazil, chances are you will recognise Dois Irmãos. This beautiful pair of mountains, situated at the end of Leblon beach, make up one of Rio’s most iconic views (aside from Christ the Redeemer). Getting there is a bit...
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R. Barão da Torre, 107 - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22411-001, Brazil
Graffiti in Rio de Janerio is some of the most festive and lighthearted graffiti I’ve seen anywhere. The pervasive style is bold, playful, colorful, and full of bizarre scenes, stylized characters and undecipherable situations. The City of Rio has...
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Ilha Cagarra, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
As if amazing beaches, parties, food and football wasn't enough, was surprised to learn of some great fishing just off of Ipanema Beach. The islands clustered together just off the shore are known as the Cagarras, and they are all fish magnets. If...
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Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
If you find yourself in Rio, you will (or certainly should) ultimately end up on Ipanema beach. Ipanema gets more direct ocean swell, so much cleaner water, more currents and more surf than neighboring Copacabana beach. Ipanema is a bit narrower...
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Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
In Zona Sul, the southern part of Rio and the place you’ll want to hang, there are some great waves that are a walk or a short bike ride away. There are numerous options but my favorite spot was Leblon - the swell seemed to be a bit bigger there...
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Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This beautiful Lady is all about outdoors. With its hills, cascades, fauna and exuberant flora, Rio will always be a motherly paradise for hikers, climbers, cyclists, runners, surfers, paddlers and dancers alike. Rio is so magical that she even...
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Rua Pacheco Leão, 812 - Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22460-030, Brazil
Jojö is a great place to try contemporary Brazilian-Asian fusion cooking. I love the risotto with shrimp and pepper mixed with curry. The place is tiny, maybe five tables. The owner, Joana, always makes sure I get a great dinner—and a treat, like...
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Rua Pacheco Leão, 915 - Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22460-036, Brazil
Corcovado. Check. Sugarloaf. Been there. Ipanema. Yeah, I saw that girl on the beach too. Botanical Garden. Now that’s a new one. Located at the base of Corcovado Mountain, and under the right arm of Christ the Redeemer, you will discover the...
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The coffeeshop inside this bookstore is run by the Brazilian restaurant Ateliê Culinário, so the food is fantastic. But I come for the terrific collection of books. The store is small and cozy and feels like a reading room. Sometimes I’ll lose...