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Globe Trekker

Rio De Janeiro City Guide (#410)

Ian Wright travels to Rio de Janeiro, the Carnivale capital of the world and the home of samba and soccer. He checks out the beach at Copacabana and treks to the top of Corcovado, the 2,200-foot mountain that is home to the statue of Christ the Redeemer, the most enduring postcard image of Rio. Ian takes in Taguca National Park, a tropical rainforest in the heart of the city, and then hang glides off the edge of Pedro Bonita for a breathtaking aerial view. He ventures into the favellas, or shanty towns; visits the open-air markets to samples de sharta, a 40-proof sugar cane liqueur; and attends a soccer match at Maracana Stadium. Ian treks to the colonial town of Parati, renowned for its coffee though nowadays better known for cachaca, a potent alcoholic beverage. Back in Rio, Ian learns how to samba in preparation for Carnivale celebrations. His last stops are the Copacabana Palace Ball, where the elite party the night away, and the Scala Gay Ball. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: GLOBE TREKKER transports viewers to unforgettable destinations through its stunning photography, rhythmic indigenous music and spirit of adventure. In each episode, one vibrant young traveler ventures off the beaten path to soak up the local culture, sample the cuisine and revel in breathtaking vistas. In keeping with their aim of "living as the locals do," charismatic hosts Ian Wright, Justine Shapiro, Zay Harding, Megan McCormick and others explore everything from big-city landmarks to exotic sights in remote villages.

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