By Alison McGowan, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Santa Teresa neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro is perhaps one of the most popular locations for pousadas – a small bed & breakfast guesthouse or inn - due to both the number of large mansions suitable for refurbishment and the bohemian feel of the place. It is an area which is increasingly sought out by travelers who want to avoid mass tourism and feel part of the “real” Brazil.

Perched high on a hill with panoramic views of the city on one side and Sugar Loaf and Guanabara Bay on the other . . .

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