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12 cities in Brazil ready for their World Cup moment

By: Josh Lew on June 12, 2014, 7:43 a.m.
Rio from Sugarloaf Mountain

Photo: Nico Kaiser/Flickr

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Rio de Janeiro

Brazil's most well-known city, Rio is already on most people's radar. Its storied Estádio do Maracanã will host the final of the 2014 World Cup. This venue has actually already hosted a major soccer match: the 1950 World Cup final. Away from the stadium, the famous beaches will be buzzing, and Rio's party-loving populace will certainly pull out all the stops to celebrate with visitors on and off the sand. But this city is about more than beaches and soccer. It has one of the world's most stunning urban skylines, which can be best appreciated from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain (reachable by cable car) or from the base of the famous Christ the Redeemer statue that overlooks the city.