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Two of Rio's world-famous beaches, Ipanema and Copacabana, have been immortalized in song, and for good reason. Whether you prefer Jobim or Manilo, both beaches provide a taste of tropical paradise steps from Rio's urban bustle.  
Credit: Ricardo De Mattos 
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Rio de Janeiro's Ipanema Beach and its famous tiled sidewalk  
Credit: Alberto Coto, Photodisc 
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Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue  
Credit: Lima Andruska/Flickr 
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Few travelers get to visit—or even know about—Fernando de Noronha, a spectacular group of 21 islands about 200 miles off the coast of northern Brazil's Pernambuco state. Only one island is inhabited, the volcanic Fernando de Noronha, from which the group of islands takes its name.  
Credit: Paulo Henrique/Flickr 
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The Rio Negro River is the largest tributary of the Brazilian Amazon and the largest blackwater river in the world.  
Credit: Gidsicki/Flickr 
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Garopaba Beach, Santa Catarina  
Credit: courtesy, Brazil Ministry of Tourism 
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Aerial view of the Pantanal, the world's largest wetland. The Pantanal lies mostly within the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul and is home to an enormous collection of aquatic flora and fauna.  
Credit: Nat Photos, Photodisc 
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A croc in the Pantanal  
Credit: PhotoDisc 
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Portrait on the Amazon  
Credit: Brand X Pictures 
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Literally 'big water' in Portuguese, Iguazu Falls are the largest and some of the most formidable on the planet. A total of 275 waterfalls, pumping millions of gallons of water each day, decorate the border between Brazil and Argentina.  
Credit: PictureGarden 
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The city of Salvador is considered to be a major influence in developing the Brazilian culture. Salvador has a thriving music scene, a brilliant city center with picturesque17th- and 18th-century architecture and gold-laden churches, and a gorgeous coastline and beaches just outside of the city limits.  
Credit: bartek500/Flickr 
 
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