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By Harold Emert

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The average tourist or even new resident who believes Rio is merely a beach city with gals in bikinis and carnival is missing the caviar of local life: its rich culture.

From my perch in a tropical version of Miami in Manhattan (which is how I see my neighborhood of Copacabana), I run into almost every day busloads of tourists who make the routine schedule of getting to know Rio de Janeiro from Sugarloaf to Christ-on-the Mountain to the Hippie Fair to a quick tour of outlying Barra de Tijuca.

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