By Nicole Pelligrino, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - As an extremely large yet tightly-knit, mostly middle-class enclave, Tijuca has everything one could ask for in a Carioca neighborhood. It has an interesting history with architecture both reminiscent of Rio’s past and indicative of the city’s future.

The name Tijuca comes from the Tupi language, meaning “marsh.” It is separated into four districts: Saens Peña Square, Afonso Peña Square, Usina and Muda. It serves as the home base to some of Rio’s most famous Samba schools, has great shopping, great food and charmingly low . . .

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