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By Nicole Eberhard, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In a city that boasts beaches that are household names around the world and has two hugely iconic landmarks, Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio’s downtown area has to compete for the attention of travelers. Those that can drag themselves away from the big name attractions for long enough to explore the historical center of the city will be pleasantly surprised at how much more the city has to offer.

Downtown Rio is an interesting place. Situated in prime position on the bay, with parts of this busy financial . . .

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