Police Arrest Suspect in Tourist Shooting

Over the weekend, Rio de Janeiro police arrested a man they believe was involved in the recent shooting of a British tourist who was vacationing in the city with her husband and children.  During the confrontation between police and a group of criminals (during which the suspect was apprehended), two other men were shot and died at the scene.

RIO POLICE ARREST SUSPECT IN BRITISH TOURIST SHOOTING

Brazil Has Highest Black Population Outside African Countries

Check out this list of countries around the world that have the highest black populations outside of Africa.  The U.S. as well as the UK made the list.  Read on to find out which country tops the list:

TOP 10 COUNTRIES WITH THE HIGHEST BLACK POPULATION OUTSIDE AFRICA

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More to See and Do in RIO

When people think about RIO, Christ the Redeemer, beautiful beaches, and Sugarloaf Mountain usually come to mind first.  Today’s post features more than a dozen fascinating things to see an do in RIO along with info on how to get there.  Take a gander and find out how to conquer the seemingly insurmountable Pedra da Gávea (and chase the experience with a splash in the waterfall).  Or where to enjoy modernist exhibitions, a dip in the pool, AND a free art workshop for the kiddies!

RIO DE JANEIRO ATTRACTIONS

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A Guide to RIO Beaches

A mesmerizing view of Sugarloaf, but not exactly suitable for swimming.  The classic RIO beach experience. An “odd sense of antiquity” and sand reminiscent of brown sugar.  Whatever your beach fantasies, today’s featured article breaks down the unique offerings of RIO beaches and includes advice on how to get there!

RIO DE JANEIRO BEACHES

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The Answer to a Divine Calling

The district of Penedo is the only Finnish settlement in Brazil.  Located in the Mantiqueira’s mountain range, Penedo lies between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo and should TOTALLY be included on your list of places to visit near Rio.  A bit of history: the first Finnish settler in Penedo was Toivo Uúskallio, whose travel to the settlement was supposedly a response to a “divine call.”  Read on to find out more of what Penedo has to offer, like Finnish Santa Claus and an authentic Santa’s sled from Lapland!

PENEDO: A FINNISH CORNER IN RIO’S MOUNTAIN RANGE

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Tiradentes Cultural Street Market Today

The Tiradentes square in Centro will be full of life today, August 5th, from 1pm to 8pm during the “Tiradentes Cultural” street market.  The event will open with two book releases and will offer a variety of organic culinary delights as well as music, art exhibitions, and a debate on the legacy of the Olympics in RIO.  Read on for deets and please let us know about your experience if you make it to the event!

RIO HOSTS TIRADENTES CULTURAL STREET MARKET

Brazilian Treatment Center Rescues, Releases Hunted Wildlife

A short drive from RIO de Janeiro, birds, turtles and other animals born in the wild must be nursed back to health after being hunted and sold illegally as domesticated animals.  The IBAMA Treatment Center rescues thousands of animals each year and then releases them back into the wild.  Read on to learn more about the unfortunate impact that trafficking has had on wildlife in Brazil and the touching efforts of the IBAMA team, environmental police, and other groups to put an end to this practice.