RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Most people are vaguely aware of the fact that indigenous tribes lived in Rio de Janeiro before the arrival of the Portuguese, but few people know much about them or are aware that many places name in Metropolitan Rio de Janeiro are based on the Tupi language, some even on specific villages that existed in the neighborhoods that now bear their names.
The shores of Guanabara bay would obviously have been very different 500 years ago. As of now, the mountains would have been covered in rainforest, but the lowlands would have been a mixture of . . .