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Secret Rio

As we all know, the best way to learn about a destination is to talk to a local. And if you want to discover more than just the main sights and landmarks - if you want to know the secrets of a city - then you need one of these pocket-sized books, published by JonGlez.

Now covering many of the world's major cities, the books in the 'Secret' series are written by local experts - undercover guides, in effect - who are constanrtly on the lookout of anything unusual and unfamiliar, something most people would overlook or not understand the significance of. 

Step off the beaten track now in Rio, far from the crowds and the usual beach and carnival face of this fascinating city and discover for yourself places like the hill here 'little angels' are buried, a private palace which opens to the public just once a month, the secret staircase in a government building, and a statue of the great-grandmother of Jesus!

But, there's more. Ceramics, statues, Brazil's first nudist club, a lock of Napoleon's hair, and the 'coffee route' that has no cafes. Discover that Rio is much more than the Olympics and its festivals.


Secret Rio, by Manoel de Almeida e Silva, Marcio Roiter and Thomas Jonglez, published by JonGlez Publishing, 2016, paperback, rrp US$19.95.

- reviewed by Sally Hammond


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