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The 14 Best Restaurants in Brazil

Much like its audacious mountains-meet-sea topography, Rio’s meals pack a big, sensorial punch: sizzling all-you-can-eat barbecues at neighborhood churrascarias; the hearty pork-and-bean feijoada stew; salt-crusted sardines grilled right on the beach. All cut through with the citrus-sweet kick of a caipirinha. From snack-bar kiosks on seemingly every corner, doling out cheese dough balls or popcorn, …

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Brazil’s Hidden Carnival Festival

Most people are familiar with Carnival — the music, dancing, partying. But every year, a secret Carnival passes through Rio de Janeiro’s neglected urban peripheries and far-flung favelas. This secret celebration hasn’t always been popular outside of its loud, proud communities, but that’s changing. Two weeks before the big fête, 20 men with prominent bellies …

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Rio Carnival: Merriment And Madness

Sufficient recovery time has now passed since Rio Carnival to attempt to transcribe my somewhat vague recollection of the whole thing. The closest thing I can describe the carnival to, in its affect on the body, mind and soul, is a debauched, drink-fuelled, five day music festival like Glastonbury or Oxegen in Ireland. Day one, …

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Staying Safe at Rio De Janeiro Carnival

Framed by the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro is a huge coastal city on the South Atlantic coast of Brazil. The city is known for its breathtaking landscape, unbeatable party atmosphere, and its incredible annual carnival, which is one of the world’s best parties. Carnival is a giant festival held every year …