RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The beaches are a mess. I'm no tree-hugger, but I did grow up in the green mountain state (Vermont), and after living in NYC for fifteen years or so, I believe there is a level of garbage expected in a city, and another level acceptable for a natural environment. An obvious paradox for a city beach, even (or especially) in Rio.
According to the IBGE of 2008, there were 11,513,000 people residing in the Metropolitan Region of Rio de Janeiro. Almost all of them like going to the beach. Big and . . .