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T+L's Definitive Guide to Rio de Janeiro

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Photo: David Nicolas

Trips Out of Town

Sitio Roberto Burle Marx: Thousands of rare plant species fill the gardens at the farmhouse estate and studio of Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx, who laid out Copacabana’s two-tone beachside promenade.

Petrópolis: Former emperor Pedro II’s mountainside retreat draws summer weekenders with its 19th-century Crystal Palace and verdant hiking trails inside Serra dos Órgãos National Park.

Niterói: Explore the UFO-shaped, Oscar Niemeyer–designed Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Santa Cruz da Barra fort, and unspoiled beaches of this city, a 15-minute ferry ride from downtown Rio.

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