By Jaylan Boyle, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - At the foot of mighty Mount Corcavado, Laranjeiras (Portuguese for orange trees) is a charming area known for its connection to Rio's historical and cultural roots. Located between Santa Teresa, Flamengo and Cosme Velho, it is one of the oldest bairros (neighborhoods) in the city. You'll find echoes of colonial splendor in spades here, such as the opulent Palacio das Laranjeiras, official residence of the Rio state governor.

Laranjeiras was founded in the seventeenth century when country houses first began to spring up amidst the uniquely formed mountains Rio is . . .

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