By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Despite being only a short ferry-ride away from the city center, Ilha de Paquetá (Paquetá island) is one of Rio’s best kept secrets. Residents are able to live on the tranquil waters of Guanabara Bay on a strip of land just 1.2km in diameter and 8km in circumference, roughly the size of the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas.

Whether it’s the lack of cars, which are forbidden on the island, the neatly painted colonial buildings, or the stunning views of Guanabara Bay, there’s something about Paquetá that . . .

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