By Dorien Boxhoorn, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Along the lush green shores of the Costa Verde, 270 kilometers south of Rio de Janeiro, you can find the small colonial town of Paraty. This postcard village is situated against the backdrop of mountains covered with tropical forest, and on the other side a scenic bay dotted with tropical islands and numerous deserted beaches adorns the town.

Most of the village architecture has not changed over the last 250 years, the cobblestone-paved streets . . .

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