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Rio de Janeiro

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Samba, beaches, bossa nova, Guanabara Bay, Funk Carioca, Carnaval, and Christ the Redeemer-one of the "New Seven Wonders of the World"-are all well-known icons of A Cidade Maravilhosa, the "marvelous city." Nonetheless, Rio is a portrait of all of Brazil's contradictions. The gorgeous coastline of the Atlantic rainforest drapes down the hillsides, which are covered with a vast labyrinth of favelas (shanty towns) and spill onto the loveliest urban beaches in the world, lined with the very chic apartments of Brazil's wealthiest class. Both classes have one thing in common: a lust for life that makes for some of the most vibrant popular culture and most spectacular public events worldwide. First , there is Carnaval, of course, which draws thousands to the Sambódromo, where samba schools compete for the prestigious title. New Year's Eve also draws international attention to its beaches as revelers, dressed in white, bring offerings to Iemanjá-"queen of the waters"-while live mega-music shows rock the public along Avenida Atlântica to brilliant fireworks explosions. Sports activities abound, with excellent conditions for sailing, surfing, skin and scuba diving, hang gliding, beach volleyball, and, of course, soccer -- fútbol, as everyone in Brazil knows it. The more than 11 million inhabitants are famous for their love of music, which can be enjoyed in the many nightclubs, restaurants, and theaters -- or even in little sidewalk cafés.

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  • Hola Señor y señora, Soy la Sra. marie Antoinette soy una la Francia estoy en busca de préstamo de dinero por varios meses estuve 6 veces víctimas de estafa con ser prestamistas que tienen me arruinen, j intentar suicidarse a causa de ellos. Porque tenía deudas y cuentas a pagar. Pensé que era más para mí que n tengo más el significado de la vida. Pero afortunadamente he visto testimonio hecho por muchas personas el Señor Carlos contactar, así que contacté con él para obtener mi préstamo para pagar mis deudas y llevar a cabo mi proyecto. C es con el Señor Carlos que la vida, mi sonrisa es otra vez un NCM que tiene corazón fácil y muy completa. Te próximos prestamistas en África a tope porque hay prestamistas de hecho personales serio Si usted necesita financiación; de los préstamos de dinero o cualquier proyecto ello señora le ayudará a darse él y apoyará financieramente Contact:Carlos.duboir198@gmail.com
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  • super wow
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  • The most beautiful place on Earth! :)
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  • Poucas palavras para descrever a Cidade Maravilhosa
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  • je reviens de rio. cest tout simplement le plus beau pays que jai pu visite. le carnaval est de la folie, les gens dansent sont heureux et ne se prennent pas la tete. il ne craint pas autant quon limagine . pas plus que chez nous
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  • A cidade maravilhosa!
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  • rio and carmaval!
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  • I am an American from Texas that is married to a Brazilian fighter pilot living in Cobo Frio Rio De Janeiro Brazil and I want all Americans to know that if they come here they will have a great experience and be surprised at how much they will learn if they come here with respect for the culture. I advise to not advertise that you are American and just try to embrace the people. Please be safe and use caution. Like any country that has high numbers of tourist's traveling, there are always dangers that you should be aware of. Do not carry a purse or wear attention attracting Julery and never walk and or act as if you are lost or do not understand. Brazil is a wonderful place and the people will welcome you but please come with an open heart and the desire to learn about there world here and not the desire to bring your world to them. Thanks you and good luck !!!
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  • war total begeistert
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  • Yo voy el 4 de enero del 2012 :)
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  • i want to go to Brazil
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  • Ca donne très envie :-)
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  • wow!
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