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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...
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R. Maria Angélica, 129 - Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22470-201, Brazil
The pizza here is considered some of the best in Brazil. It’s fairly doughy, and my favorite type is called thebráz, which comes topped with zucchini. It goes great with a light beer like Brahma Chopp. Rua Maria Angélica 129, 55/(21) 2535-0687, ...
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Humaitá, Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Open only on Saturdays, this large market has stalls selling lots of fresh fruits and fish for good prices. Everyone who lives in Rio is addicted to açai, the Amazonian berry that’s loaded with antioxidants. The berry doesn’t come from this region...
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R. Jardim Botânico, 414 - Jardim Botânico - Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22461-000, Brazil
This is a huge tropical park, with lakes and English gardens and the trailhead that leads up Corcovado mountain. I love having breakfast in the park at the Café du Lage, while everyone else is doing their morning exercise routine. Rua Jardim...
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Rua Pacheco Leão, 915 - Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 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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Estr. do Joá, 1736 - Joá, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brazil
That morning I had climbed up the mountain called Pedra Bonita (Little Rock) where hang gliders jump off the edge of a cliff to a 1600 ft drop over Tijuca National Park. The tandem flights require you to literally run and leap off a wooden...
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Praça Coronel Eugênio Franco, 1 Posto 6 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22070-020, Brazil
At the southern end of Copacabana Beach, inside the Forte Copacabana, is an outlet of the Confeitaria Colombo, one of Rio's best coffee shops. With views looking back at the beach, it is a popular spot for Sunday brunch with the local Cariocas.
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Armação dos Búzios - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This a view of the marina in Buzios. I had been told that this is the place where the Brazilians vacation, so I took a day trip to see what it had to offer. There are many beaches and the water is gorgeous. Unfortunately it was a little cold to...
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Praia de Lopes Mendes, Angra dos Reis - RJ, Brazil
Travellers get used to having to fight for space in the world's most beautiful spots. Trying to get some peace and quiet on a world class beach is near impossible most of the time. Lopes Mendes beach on Ilha Grande is one of those locations that...
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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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Praia do Meio, Paraty - RJ, 23970-000, Brazil
A small village on Brazil’s Costa Verde, about 20 miles south of Paraty, Trindade is known for its beautiful beaches. We only made it to one – Praia do Meio. The original plan was to hire a taxi boat and beach hop. But with limited time, our plans...