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By Alison McGowan Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Whilst Brazil’s famed cities of Rio de Janeiro and Salvador have been the most popular ports of call for foreign tourists, a shift is beginning to occur. Within tougher economic times, independent travelers want more for their money, so it is no surprise that one of the key travel trends for 2011 is ‘off the beaten track’.

In Brazil, off the beaten track can be a veritable adventure. Getting to your . . .

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