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Rio, formally the capital of Brazil, has an exception site, situated as it is on the Bay of Guanabara on the Atlantic, with the Corcovado, with its Cristo statue and Sugar Loaf, both dramatic granite peaks, dominating the city. It also has the two largest urban forests in the world and stunning beaches, such as Ipaname, Copocabana.  With a population of 7.7 million (14.3 million in the metropolitan area) it is a major port and a commercial, industrial and banking centre. A popular tourist destination (especially during its famous Carnaval), its architectural school  and the works of L. Costa, Niemeyer and A. Reidy have had a world influence in the field of Architecture. 
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Is Rio de Janeiro really that dangerous?
Is it safe to travel into a favela in Rio de Janeiro if you are an American?
We are planning to going to Brazil and Argentina. We are not really sure on what we want to see besides the Carnival and Iguacu falls. Any suggestions are welcome. Also can anyone recommend a good hotel in Rio and Buenos Ares?
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Rio is a city filled with just about everything desirable and undesirable in a city of its size. The people are beautiful, the beaches are beautiful and the food is excellent and CHEAP.
The downside is that you really need to either stay in safe areas, or have some Brazilian friends if you really want to venture out. Luckily, I had met an exchange student in the U.S. before I travelled to Rio. Once I got there, he took me to all of the cool clubs, the best beaches that tourists don't know about, and restaurants off the beaten path. I never would have seen Rio this way if it was not for him!
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If you are very hungry go to one of the churrascarias. Besides a salad bar they serve all sides you can think of and bring the freshly grilled meat to your table where they cut it infront of your eyes. The meat is absolutely delicious and usually there is even a "map" of a cow with numbers on your table so you know which part you are being served. Can be handy sometimes...
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If you don't wear too much money with you, and walk without necklaces and expensive watches, you'll probably have a great time - it's marvelous city... Few extra roules: don't go to beach after dark, and don't take camera out too often... While inside crowd, you're safe.
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