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Beachside district in the southwest part of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Largely populated by the richest people, it is distinctly different from other urban districts in this city for its USA-like feel. Everything is spread out, with big shopping malls here and there. It is, in practice, a car-only place.

Its beaches are somewhat cleaner than the better-known Copacabana and Ipanema. Although rapid urbanization is spoiling those too.

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