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Rio de Janeiro's Carnaval coincides with the somewhat similar celebration held in the U.S., in the French Quarter of New Orleans, culminating on Mardi Gras before Ash Wednesday, except that in the Southern hemisphere it is held during the hottest part of the summer, and represents far more of a cultural and religious event than the now more commercialized Louisiana version. Though it is a wild, raucous, flamboyant and incredibly colorful celebration, attended by revellers and gawkers world-wide, it is a pre-lent event taken very seriously by the locals, and has its roots in ancient themes found in classical mythology and pagan religions regarding the changing of the seasons, processes of the earth, and the power of music to move the gods. Marcel Camus' 1959 Cannes film winner Black Orpheus, in which much of the world heard the bossa nova for the first time, uses Carnaval as the stage on which to tell the story of Orpheus and Eurydice, providing an intimate portrayal of the Brazilian spirit. This is a Portuguese culture, with influences of African and Indian traditions, in which religion, festivity, music and dance are deeply integrated. The beaches framed by the Andes, the nightclubs of Copacabana and Ipanema, the more touristy of the two Rio neighborhoods on the South Atlantic Ocean, and the beautiful bronze people sunbathing and dancing there, immortalized in the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Astrud Gilberto, are one of the most popular sun and fun destinations in the world. Brazil is a gem mining country, and Rio's gem museums and jewelry making demonstrations are worth seeing, as is the Carmen Miranda museum. The cable car ride up Sugar Loaf Mountain, and the journey by cogwheel train up Corcovado Mountain, through the Tijuca Forest, to see the famous Christ the Redeemer statue and His view of this glorious and blessed city are adventures you will never forget.
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|Rio de Janeiro's largest selection of lodging options, with several located on the beach.||Ipanema boasts a more upscale (and residential) neighborhood, with fine shopping.|
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|Lodging in the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area, including Flamengo Beach and the Airport Area.||Lodging options located just west of Ipanema, including Leblon and Gavea.|
|Lodging in communities north of the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area, including Buzios and others.|
Area Facts: The Santos Dumont Airport (SDU) is located 5 minutes from downtown and is used for the shuttle service that links Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.
The international dialing code for Brazil is 55.
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