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Santa Teresa – Bohemians on the Hillside

By Hakan Almerfors, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - A visit to Santa Teresa is like traveling back in time. Little has changed in this idylic area in the past 100 years. Part of the neighborhood's charm lies in its location, as barring the favelas it is Rio's only community to be settled on a hillside.

This guarantees not only spectacular views but also a comforting feeling of isolation from the buzzy areas of Centro and Zona Sul. It has long been a popular hangout for Rio's bohemian set, and hippie types with smoking pipes and paint stained . . .

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