Column 36 hours from the American newspaper The New York Times highlights Rio de Janeiro with some of the Wonderful City major icons, such as the Christ the Redeemer, the beaches, the varied cuisine, a vibrant nightlife and as it should be, the Carioca way.

Rio has a new cosmopolitan edge, with a reinvigorated downtown, recently opened museums and a diverse cuisine that ranges from Amazonian to old-school European. By FRITZIE ANDRADE, JEAN-PIERRE BASTIEN, LEONARDO KRAUS, WILL LLOYD and KLEBER PAREDES

From the New York Times – “For decades, Rio de Janeiro has evoked a distant fantasy land of skimpy bathing suits and Carnival spectacle wedged between the sea and a riotous upheaval of tropical mountains. All this, under the outstretched arms of Christ the Redeemer, the sculpture with the most jaw-dropping view on Earth — if only soapstone jaws could drop. But the 2010s have given Rio a chance to add a cosmopolitan edge as host of last year’s World Cup and next year’s Summer Olympics, twice making it the center of the world. The new Rio is taking shape in fits and starts: The downtown port area is in the midst of an impressive overhaul of public works, exhumed historic sites and new museums. And with it, energy has been flowing toward more central, bustling neighborhoods, away from the traditional South Zone destinations of Copacabana and Ipanema — though their beaches still give a party on the sand like no other. And with the dollar at its strongest in over a decade against the troubled Brazilian real, traditionally pricey Rio is still exuberant, but no longer exorbitant.” – Read More


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