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Rio de Janeiro... Cidade Maravilhosa

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From Sao Paulo I headed east. The countryside turned into gentle rolling green hills. Still, almost the entire ride was along a two lane highway.
I rarely pulled over to take photos out of fear that one of the big trucks might roll right over me.
After about six hours of riding I reached... Rio de Janeiro!
Rio de Janeiro commonly referred to simply as Rio is the second largest city of Brazil, and the third largest metropolitan area in South America.
Rio boasts approximately 6.3 million people within the city proper, making it the 6th largest in the Americas, and 26th in the world.
Rio is nicknamed the Cidade Maravilhosa or "Marvelous City".  Granted on 1 July 2012 in the category Cultural Landscape, Rio de Janeiro is a UNESCO World Heritage Site named "Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea". 
It is easy to see why.

São Paulo... Big Bold City

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Okay, I'm going to try to finish up this tale of adventure within the next few days. Here it goes...



From Florianopolis I headed north to Sao Paulo. Not much scenery along the way. It was a two lane highway with lots of cars and big trucks. It was a long day of riding... I think maybe 9 or 10 hours. I arrived into the city just as it was turning dark. Luckily the hostel allowed me to pull my motorcycle into the lobby to park it. I checked into the hostel, ate some street food and went to sleep.



The next day, I left my moto at the hostel and set off on foot... and subway.



São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil, the largest city in the southern hemisphere, and the world's eighth largest city by population.



The first place I visited was the Edificio Italia (Italian Building). It is a tall skyscraper that allows visitors to ascend in an elevator and look out the windows for a pretty magnificent panoramic view of the city.



As I arrived into the city, I could sense that the air quality …

2013 Dakar Rally Stage 14... Santiago (The Finish)

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The Stage Summary The Interviews with the Winners

2013 Dakar Rally Stage 13... La Serena

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2013 Dakar Rally Stage 12... Copiapo

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2013 Dakar Rally Stage 11... Fiambala

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2013 Dakar Rally Stage 10... La Rioja

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2013 Dakar Rally Stage 9... Cordoba

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2013 Dakar Rally Stage 8... Tucuman

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2013 Dakar Rally Stage 7... Salta

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2013 Dakar Rally Stage 6 ... Calama

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2013 Dakar Rally Stage 5... Arica

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2013 Dakar Rally Stage 4... Arequipa

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2013 Dakar Rally Stage 3... Nasca

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2013 Dakar Rally Stage 2.... Pisco

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2013 Dakar Rally Stage 1... Pisco

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Until The Sun Comes... Stop Motion

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This is a brilliant stop motion short film that captures so much of the nuance of adventure motorcycling. Enjoy!

Florianopolis... Street Art

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One day while I stayed in Florianopolis, I borrowed a peddle bike from the hostel and rode around the town snapping photos of the street art. Here ya go!