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By Jayme Monsanto, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Just one hour away from Rio (68Km), Petrópolis is a popular destination for Cariocas looking to escape the city. The distance offers the luxury of a weekend away with minimal effort, while many residents make the daily commute between Petrópolis and Rio to work or study.

With 312,000 inhabitants and temperatures between 13 and 23ºC, the city is an oasis of tranquility for high-stress lifestyles. It also has one of Brazil's lowest crime rates. In 2005 Petrópolis was ranked the country's 6th safest city . . .

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