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9 Must-See Sites in Rio de Janeiro (Including 4 You’ve Never Heard Of)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is one of the world’s top destinations.

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Feijoada

What We Learned Making Feijoada, The National Dish of Brazil

I was on the hunt for undesirable pig parts.

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The Caipirinha – A Purely Brazilian Cocktail

Picture yourself in Rio De Janeiro.

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The 5 Most Important Brazilian Portuguese Phrases

Brazil is the only Portuguese-speaking country in South America.

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The Best Rio Food, Restaurants and Bars

Menus in Rio overflow with dishes based on grilled meats, black beans and fried pockets of mild cheese, all garnished with crispy pork fat.

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Real Gabinete Portugues de Leitura

The prettiest library in Rio de Janeiro is sandwiched between graffiti-tagged buildings on an uneven brick road northwest of downtown.

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The Mysterious Death of Rio Artist Jorge Selaron

Jorge Selarón’s body was found here, surrounded by pictures of smiling celebrities, cartoon characters and outlines of tango dancers silhouetted in red, a color he thought brought joy to whatever it touched.

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Mirante Dona Marta, Rio’s Best Lookout Point

Forget Sugarloaf. Forget Christ the Redeemer.

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How to Look Like A Local On Rio’s Beaches

Rio de Janeiro is home to more than a dozen beaches.

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Is Rio Safe?

The safety section on Rio de Janeiro’s Wikitravel page starts with a warning: “the following information may panic you.”

At 2,000 words, this was the longest safety section I’d encountered on the reader-generated travel guide.

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Exploring the Rocinha Favela in Rio

The spirit of Rocinha can be summed up by a brown dresser drawer outside a barbershop on the favela’s main drag.

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A Brief History of Brazil, and Obligatory Airplane Window Photo

In January 1502, Amerigo Vespucci stumbled upon a bay in southeastern Brazil with a landscape like a serpent’s knuckle.

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"Map of the protests in Rio de Janerio

Protests in Rio de Janeiro, a Traveler’s Perspective

The chanting started just after dessert.

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Ehrmagad. You Need A Visa To Visit Brazil!

The Rio de Janeiro trip was starting to take shape.

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