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Rio De Janeiro | From Way Up High
Rio De Janeiro
Come for the famous landmarks and jaw-dropping scenery. Stay for the delicious caipirinha cocktails.
July 14, 2014 6 Comments

9 Must-See Sites in Rio de Janeiro (Including 4 You’ve Never Heard Of)

This article was originally written for the Viator travel blog »

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is one of the world’s top destinations.

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June 30, 2014 4 Comments

What We Learned Making Feijoada, The National Dish of Brazil

I was on the hunt for undesirable pig parts.

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June 19, 2014 0 Comments Yet

The Caipirinha – A Purely Brazilian Cocktail

Picture yourself in Rio De Janeiro.

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October 31, 2013 5 Comments
Image care of Julieet on Flickr.

The 5 Most Important Brazilian Portuguese Phrases

Brazil is the only Portuguese-speaking country in South America.

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August 26, 2013 8 Comments
Bar Jobi feijoada

The Best Rio Food, Restaurants and Bars

Menus in Rio overflow with dishes based on grilled meats, black beans and fried pockets of mild cheese, all garnished with crispy pork fat.

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August 22, 2013 3 Comments
The walls of Real Gabinete Portugues da Leitura

Real Gabinete Portugues de Leitura

The prettiest library in Rio de Janeiro is sandwiched between graffiti-tagged buildings on an uneven brick road northwest of downtown.

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August 19, 2013 2 Comments
Jorge Selarón in November 2011. Photo by  Ilya Varlamov on Flickr, who said Jorge could be "constantly spotted at the steps working by day and treating drunken revelers to fascinating anecdotes by night."

The Mysterious Death of Rio Artist Jorge Selaron

Jorge Selarón’s body was found here, surrounded by pictures of smiling celebrities, cartoon characters and outlines of tango dancers silhouetted in red, a color he thought brought joy to whatever it touched.

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August 15, 2013 0 Comments Yet
Sugarloaf mountain from Mirante Dona Marta

Mirante Dona Marta, Rio’s Best Lookout Point

Forget Sugarloaf. Forget Christ the Redeemer.

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August 13, 2013 2 Comments
A jogger works out on Leblon beach. In the background you can see a vendor with an umbrella full of bikinis.

How to Look Like A Local On Rio’s Beaches

Rio de Janeiro is home to more than a dozen beaches.

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August 7, 2013 6 Comments
Hi Jesus. Please protect me from all the horrible things people say will happen to me in Rio.

Is Rio Safe?

The safety section on Rio de Janeiro’s Wikitravel page starts with a warning: “the following information may panic you.”

At 2,000 words, this was the longest safety section I’d encountered on the reader-generated travel guide.

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August 5, 2013 0 Comments Yet

Exploring the Rocinha Favela in Rio

The spirit of Rocinha can be summed up by a brown dresser drawer outside a barbershop on the favela’s main drag.

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July 25, 2013 0 Comments Yet

A Brief History of Brazil, and Obligatory Airplane Window Photo

In January 1502, Amerigo Vespucci stumbled upon a bay in southeastern Brazil with a landscape like a serpent’s knuckle.

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June 25, 2013 5 Comments
"Map of the protests in Rio de Janerio

Protests in Rio de Janeiro, a Traveler’s Perspective

The chanting started just after dessert.

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April 25, 2013 3 Comments
How had I completely missed this?

Ehrmagad. You Need A Visa To Visit Brazil!

The Rio de Janeiro trip was starting to take shape.

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