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Nearby images in Rio de Janeiro

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A:

by Vinicius Buarque, 640 meters away

B:

by Vinicius Buarque, 810 meters away

C: Rio das Ostras - Ponte Estaida 2009

by Vinicius Buarque, 1.4 km away

Rio das Ostras - Ponte Estaida 2009

D:

by Vinicius Buarque, 1.7 km away

E:

by Vinicius Buarque, 1.8 km away

F: Praia da Joana - Rio das Ostras 2008

by Vinicius Buarque, 2.0 km away

Praia da Joana - Rio das Ostras 2008

G: Chapel of St. John

by fabio__macahe, 10.7 km away

The Chapel of St. John was built in 1619 by the Jesuits at the river mouth Peruibe (the indigenous na...

Chapel of St. John

H: Musical Society New Dawn

by fabio__macahe, 22.3 km away

Founded in 1873, the Musical Society New Dawn was the first music band of Macaé. One of its distingui...

Musical Society New Dawn

I: João Fernandinho beach

by fabio__macahe, 24.2 km away

Tiny - one hundred meters long - and quiet, the beach with calm and crystal clear water is available ...

João Fernandinho beach

J: Praias Azeda e Azedinha - Búzios - Rio de Janeiro - Brasil

by Mauricio Rubio - Videopontocom, 24.4 km away

Praias Azeda e Azedinha - Búzios - Rio de Janeiro - Brasil

This panorama was taken in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This is an overview of Brazil

Here's your soundtrack. Okay, maybe they're not exactly brazillian but their music is awesome and their live shows legendary.

Now, Brazil covers almost half of South America and its Amazon rainforest is the world's largest jungle... which is rapidly getting cut down. The country is basically one giant botanical garden with some bangin' cities on its edges.

Brazil was colonized in 1808 by the royal court of Portugal, which was fleeing Napolean's troops. They didn't stay long, and Brazil won its independence in 1822.

Its biggest city, Sao Paulo, is the financial hub of South America. Brazil is the "b" in BRIC -- Brazil, Russia, India and China. These four were labeled the world's fastest developing large economies in the year 2001.

Brazil is known for three things: amazingly beautiful women, carnival, and Pele -- King of Football, Athlete of the Century, football ambassador of the world and a declared national treasure.

Brazillians can tell foreigners a mile away, by the way their hips move. Samba is built into the soul of brazil and carnival is when it bursts out into twenty-four hour undying explosions of sound on every street.

This picture of mask diving at the Taipus reefs makes me shed hot and salty tears all over my calendar, which is set on "January" right now.

Text by Steve Smith.

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