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Opinion, by Alfonso Stefanini

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Rio de Janeiro is a city blessed by nature. The Mata Atlântica Forest and its monolithic rock formations shape the city in such a way that it is very easy to imagine what the region looked like before the human created landscape began defying the natural granite domes that still faithfully hold their ground across the city.

Rio's geography gives way to multiple trails and waterfalls within city limits, where water is clean enough to drink while looking down at the buzzing city and beaches. The fauna and flora found . . .

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