By Martin Kocandrle, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO – Guarded by the Morro de Leme (Mountain of Leme) to the north and surrounded by tropical hills, three favelas and the ocean, the variety of Copacabana’s surroundings have made it a legendary part of Rio’s urban makeup. It is a thriving commercial and residential neighborhood located on a huge, stunning beach which has earned it worldwide fame and a history as colorful as the sights that envelop it.

Copacabana started off as a small fishing village but has developed into one of the most well known neighborhoods in Rio de . . .

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