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Leblons beautiful beach

1. Leblon

Leblon is the most affluent, exclusive area of Rio de Janeiro. Here you'll find beautiful people, top-quality restaurants, lively bars, buzzing bookshops, high-end malls and an equally stunning, but somewhat quiter beach than it's more famous counterpart.

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Ipanema is The Rio Vibes favourite beach

2. Ipanema

Ipanema scarcely needs any introduction, having been made famous world wide by the classic bossa nova tune Girl From Ipanema. The tune was penned in honour of a local beauty who would pass by the songwriters' local bar each day, and the area continues to be populated with supernaturally good-l...

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The long beach of Copacabana

3. Copacabana

Sun, sea and scantily clad beach beauties all spring to mind when one thinks of Copacabana. The 4km arc of white sand and its backdrop of crashing waves and jungle-clad mountains are an awe-inspiring sight. One of the most famous beaches in the world, the magnificent stretch of land and sea alway...

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Botanic Gardens extraordinary trees

4. Jardim Botanico

In the scenic and upper-class residential neighbourhood of Jardim Botânico located in "Zona Sul" (South Zone), as well as some top-notch restaurants you'll find the Botanic gardens. A beautiful, tranquil getaway from the busy city. If you venture inside the gardens, you'll find them full to th...

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Lagoa at sunset is spectacular

5. Lagoa

One of the city’s most picturesque spots, Lagoa (full name Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas) is the stunningly beautiful lake that sits behind Ipanema. With a 7.5km walking / bike path circulating the Lagoon, it's the perfect place to go for a relaxing stroll anytime of day, but especially nice when the ...

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Urca

6. Urca

A relaxed and peaceful neighbourhood, Urca is located right at the foot of Sugar Loaf mountain. Despite its big name attraction, Urca remains free of high rise hotels, and home to some historical buildings. Throughout Urca's history, it has had a long association with entertainment, which is r...

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Botafogo and Flamengo

7. Botafogo / Flamengo

Botafogo and Flamengo may lack the fame of Ipanema and Copacabana, but these neighboring middle class area are home to lively nightlife, some fabulous restaurants. and are within easy reach of Rio's famous beaches thanks to their metro stations. Sugar Loaf mountain is close by, and there's a huge...

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Santa Teresa

8. Santa Teresa

Rio de Janeiro has long been associated with its magnificent beaches. Copacabana and Ipanema brought fame to Rio in the 20th century for golden sands and the lush, mountainess landscapes. Yet, a no less captivating setting lies just above downtown Rio in the lofty hillside neighbourhood of Santa ...

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Lapa

9. Lapa

Lapa. The most famous of all places for a night out in Rio, for any party-goer or music lover, no trip to Rio is complete without a night out in Lapa. Located at the foot of the spectacular aqueduct - frequently called Arcos da Lapa (Lapa Arches) - that the tram once travelled across to connect C...

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Centro

10. Centro

The Centro neighborhood is predominantly commercial with a mixture of historical buildings as well as modern skyscrapers. The historic and financial centre of the city has various landmarks, museums and impressive cathedrals. Other important historical attractions in downtown Rio include its P...

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