By Vânia Maciel, Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - As summer approaches, accommodation in the city becomes scarce and expensive, leaving the traveler to ponder if it is worth venturing to less obvious locations in search of a place to stay. With the Brazilian Real getting stronger, downtown, or Centro, with its lower prices and better availability, is becoming an increasingly viable alternative.
Centro is the traditional heart of the city. Dotted with elegant and eclectic art-deco buildings . . .