By Mary Bolling Blackiston, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Nestled to the east of Botafogo, Urca may not seem the center of all the action like Ipanema or Leblon, but that is exactly what makes it so charming. Its secluded, small-town feel, paired with a close proximity to the Centro, makes Urca seem the best of both worlds.

Tucked on a small peninsula, away from the hustle and bustle of Rio, for many there is only one word to describe this hidden gem neighborhood: tranquil. Part of that tranquility derives from the fact that Urca is one of . . .

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