By Oliver Bazely, Contributing Reporter

NITEROI - If you ask a typical Carioca what is best about Niterói, they will probably answer, "The view of Rio," while if you ask a resident of Niterói about Rio, they will likely shudder, check if you really need to go there, and tell you to watch your wallet. Stereotypes aside, and despite first impressions, the longer one weathers the frenetic energy of Rio, the more you might just welcome the relative tranquility of Niterói.

For the short-haul tourist, Niterói means the

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