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Rio de Janeiro - Brasil's Ultimate Beach City

Situated in southeast Brazil, on the natural port of the Baia de Guanabara (Guanabara Bay), Rio is a city of over ten million people squeezed between the ocean and the mountains. The cidade marvilhosa (marvelous city) is a melting pot of cultures and peoples in varying degrees of wealth or poverty. In Rio, the rich and poor live together and the exclusive areas stand in stark contrast and close proximity to the slum areas or favelas. But no matter what their background or economic standing, the Cariocas – as the citizens of Rio are known – are characterized by a passion and enthusiasm for life, which is on full show during Rio’s famous annual Carnival.

Central to the Carioca lifestyle is the beach. From dawn until dusk and even after dark, the residents of Rio can be found enjoying the long stretches of sandy coastline with which the city is blessed. The beach is not merely a place to absorb the sun’s rays but also an important venue for sports, socializing and even business. It is a people-watcher’s paradise – clothing is minimal and bodies are bronzed and beautiful. The famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches are magnets for Brazilians and tourists alike.

Boat on Beach at Sunrise - Rio de Janerio, Brasil  View of Capacabana Beach from cable car on descent from Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio Brasasil  Airplane and Skyline - Rio de Janerio Brasil.

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