By Virgilio Arnaut, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Despite its huge popularity with tourists and ubundant natural wonders, there are still some corners of Rio that have yet to be uncovered by tourists. Frequently overlooked by travellers because of its location on the 'other' side of Guanabara Bay, Itacoatiara Beach rewards those who go the extra distance to reach it. Located 20 miles from downtown Rio, it remains something of an oasis, visited almost exclusively by surfers and locals.

Actually Itacoatiara beach, also called Itacoá by natives, isn't situated within the city of Rio, but Niterói, the city . . .

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