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Av. Vieira Souto, 320 - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22420-004, Brazil

Go ahead and hum when you head to Ipanema, and especially as you drink a caipirinha in the Garota de Ipanema bar where the signature bossa nova song, "The Girl from Ipanema," was penned. Ipanema is not just a fashionable surfing beach but one of...

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Av. Atlântica, 1702 - Copacabana - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22021-001, Brazil

The first thing you'll probably notice at Copacabana Beach (before being distracted by the supertoned bodies playing futevolei, or footvolley) is the work of landscape designer Roberto Burle Marx: the wonderful swirling black-and-gray-patterned...

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R. Silva Jardim, 32 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20050-060, Brazil

An early-20th-century European architectural vibe dominates the old Centro business district. Among the historic theaters and grand churches, the National Museum of Fine Arts—a 1908 structure designed in an eclectic style with...

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R. Jardim Botânico, 1008 - Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22460-030, Brazil

Founded in 1808 by Dom João VI, the king of Portugal, Rio’s 54-hectare (133-acre) botanical garden is one of the world’s finest. One can spend hours strolling through the gardens amid monkeys,...

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Rio is so packed with spectacular sights that the solid granite Sugarloaf Mountain, whose name comes from the cone-shaped molds once used to store sugar, would be the main highlight anywhere else. An engineering marvel when it was built in 1912,...

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Parque Nacional da Tijuca - Alto da Boa Vista, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brazil

Inspiration for countless copycats worldwide, the Christ the Redeemer statue soaring atop 710-meter (2,330-foot) Corcovado rivals the Statue of Liberty in iconic status. To view the soaring sandstone monument from all over town is one thing,...

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How many cities in the world have a tropical forest right inside their boundaries? Tijuca National Park, at the base of the 844-meter (2,769-foot) flat granite monolith Pedra da Gávea, is a dense Atlantic rain forest that has...

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Niterói, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Nicknamed the Smiling City, Niterói is a large and prosperous metropolis in its own right, linked to Rio by a long bridge across Guanabara Bay. It’s best known for the Oscar Niemeyer–designed contemporary art museum that hovers...

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Av. Köeller, 260 - Centro, Petrópolis - RJ, 25685-060, Brazil

It takes just an hour to reach Petrópolis, in the Serra dos Órgãos mountains, but once there you've left Rio far behind. The city, named for Emperor Pedro II, was once the summer getaway for the royal family and elite classes....