By Candy Pilar Godoy, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Many claim that the heart of Rio can be found in the neighborhood of Lapa; a colorful district nestled in between Santa Teresa and Centro, where historical monuments and lively culture mingle with dilapidated architecture. The face of Lapa is set to change, however, as various renovation projects begin to slowly transform the area and breathe new life into old walls.

Many view Lapa as a rooted contradiction. During daylight . . .

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