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By Jaylan Boyle, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Beneath the palm-fringed beach stereotype that most visitors to Rio have, there is a bustling city that functions like any other major metropolis, and suburbs like Botafogo do more than their glamorous neighbors to reflect this reality.

This doesn't mean you should expect a cookie-cutter utilitarian look: like nearly everywhere else in this city, the grandeur of Rio's past is not hard to find or admire. If colonial architecture is your thing, then Botafogo delivers, along with a bustling commercial hub.

Its geography lends the neighborhood a . . .

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