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Arraial do Cabo, Oásis in the Making

By Hakan Almerfors, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - With a population of around 25,000, Arraial is one of the more popular tourist destinations in the state of Rio de Janeiro. It is the crystal clear waters, excellent diving and a tranquil atmosphere that attracts most people to this small town located about 170 km east of Rio de Janeiro.

The first humans to inhabit the region were Indians, in particular from the Tupinambá tribes. The Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci set foot on Praia dos Anjos in 1503 - it quickly became important because of the Brazil Tree which grew abundantly . . .

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