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By Mary Bolling Blackiston, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Cidade Maravilhosa is known for many things, but being an inexpensive city is not one of them. Brazil’s high import taxes and rising inflation combined with the rapidly approaching FIFA World Cup and Olympics, make Rio an incredibly expensive place in which to live - and the prices are only going up, prompting critiques and protests from Carioca residents.

In March, Rio de Janeiro came in before all . . .

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