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By Joanna Hansford and Mary Bolling Blackiston, Contributing Reporters

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Following the pacification of some of Rio’s more fortunately located favela communities, a spike in speculation has driven some development higher than many would have thought possible just five years ago. With the recent opening of a new self-titled ‘boutique hostel’ Mirante do Arvrão, now luxury-styled accommodations are available at the very top of Vidigal, offering sweeping views over Leblon and Ipanema beach.

The Mirante do Arvrão opened on February 24th and was . . .

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