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CORRECTION: 36 Hours in Rio de Janeiro

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RIO DE JANEIRO — To come to this sprawling, dynamic Brazilian city without preconceptions, whether they are about bikinis or President Jair Bolsonaro, is just about impossible. But Rio constantly finds ways to surprise — whether it is a friendly resident walking you to a shop you just can’t find; sobering evidence of the city’s slave trade; or the discovery that food tastes best standing on a sidewalk surrounded by the lyrical sound of Portuguese and accompanied by a beer so cold it will make your fillings hurt. From beach to museum, church to market, Rio is a city constantly defying its own myths and encourages visitors to join in with unbridled enthusiasm.

Friday 1) 3 p.m. Veggie Lunch

Brazilian cuisine leans heavily on meat and seafood, so it is a pleasure to find vegetarian food that is neither fried nor boring. Naturalie is open only for lunch, and its menu (much of it vegan and gluten-free) makes good use of local produce like manioc and coconut. Salads come with a bright pink beet dressing; there is a rich stew known as feijoada that replaces meat with tofu;

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