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By Fiona Hurrell, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Continually ranking in the list of top ten South American cities, Rio de Janeiro is a heaving metropolis of sun-drenched sands, lively samba bars and rich colonial history. Nevertheless, the constant hustle and bustle of the city can prove too much even for the most devoted Carioca. When quiet rest and relaxation is the order of the day, head for the undisturbed peace and quiet of Ilha de Paquetá.

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