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Rio de Janeiro’s Mango Tree Hostel Grows Roots in Ipanema

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Many come to the Cidade Maravilhosa and find themselves dreaming up ways to stay, either with extended tourist visa plans or opening a business here. Lance Donald, the Australian owner of the Mango Tree Hostel in Ipanema is one of the success stories, who along with wife Ingrid, renovated a 1930's colonial-style house just a block from Rio's most famous beach.

Before coming to Rio, Donald was a software developer for Credit Suisse and Ingrid was a project manager for an Italian kitchen company. Donald shares . . .

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