By Patricia Maresch, Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Ask a Carioca 'What's your opinion on Flamengo?' and it's unlikely the answer will be about the neighborhood. Flamengo is football (soccer), the name of Rio's favorite team. But it is also a small and vibrant middle class neighborhood located between Botafogo and Centro with the most spectacular view of the Sugar Loaf.
In addition, Flamengo holds the largest urban park in Brazil, annually hosts Rio's Marathon and is full of splendid Art Deco architecture.