Arrival at the International Airport in Rio de Janeiro.
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Marina All Suites in Leblon beach.
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Each room has a kitchen and dining area.
..plus a living room with a pull out sofa.
..nice big closets..
..a rather small bedroom but it works well.
The view from the bedroom and living room windows.
To call the hotel's pool large would be a stretch. It has room for about 6 large lounge chairs and that's all.
It does have a great view however.
It has a full service restaurant.
The hotel has a small bar that is also popular with locals.
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While Rio is known for it's beautiful beaches, there may be a few exceptions.
Vendors on the beach are ready to sell you anything you need and maybe a few things you don't.
Lawnchairs are available for rent if you can't bring your own.
The hotel has it's own chairs and umbrellas that you can use for free.
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There are 5 canals that empty into the bay in Rio. Unfortunately, about 10% of Rio's raw sewage goes into the canal and into the ocean.
Another round of raw sewage is transported via pipeline out beyond the islands here in the distance.
Looking down Leblon beach towards Ipanema.
The sidewalk along each beach in Rio has a slightly different pattern. This is the pattern along Ipanema and Leblon beaches.
A "metallic" building along the beach.
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Academia de Cachaca is a very popular place in Leblon for cachaca and a bite to eat.
Cachaca is an alcohol made in Brazil from fermented sugar cane.
Here's cachaca made with passion fruit juice.
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You can also get a basic one with Lime. Each of these drinks were less than $4.
Feijoada is primarily a thick black bean soup with pork. You put that over rice along with shredded kale, grain meal and orange slices.
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This combination of ingredients is used to make the traditional dish of Brazil, Feijoada.
You can also add a spicy olive oil and pepper mix to season it.
For dessert, there's fried coconut tapioca or....
....a more traditional brazilian dessert, Torta Quente which is primarily brazilian cottage cheese topped with guava paste, layered over brown sugar.
This area of Rio is called "Beverly Hills". It's a gated community where many of the wealthiest brazilians live. The house furthest in the distance on the cliff belogs to Pele.
Copacabana beach on the start of a rainy day.
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When the clouds roll in in Rio, they really roll in.
A look up Leblon beach.