By Hakan Almerfors, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Centro is the oldest neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, dominated by commerce and offices, though not so long ago it was the country's political epicentre. From 1763 until 1960 Rio was the capital of Brazil, and Centro would throng with politicians deciding its future. Unlike any other Rio neighbourhood, it is well worth a visit and there is a huge variety of things to see and do. The following is a suggested itinerary for a day in Centro, but  always bring a good map of the area.

Start out at Pra . . .

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