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Latin America (Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay)

(June 2006)

A trip to the capitals of the Mercosur countries

Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  |  Total images: 47
Rio de Janeiro is famous for its spectacular natural setting, wild Carnival celebrations, samba and other music, hotel-lined tourist beaches, such as Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon, pavements decorated with black and cream swirl pattern mosaics, and the easy-going lifestyle of its inhabitants. Some of the most famous local landmarks besides the beaches are the giant statue of Jesus, known as Christ the Redeemer ('Cristo Redentor') atop Corcovado mountain; Sugar Loaf mountain with its cable car; the Sambódromo, a giant permanent parade stand used during Carnival; and Maracanã stadium, one of the world's largest. Rio also boasts the world's largest forest inside an urban area, called Floresta da Tijuca, or 'Tijuca Forest'.

("Rio de Janeiro" Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.)
Montevideo
Montevideo, Uruguay  |  Total images: 26
Montevideo is Uruguay's capital, chief port, and by far its largest city. Montevideo's population makes up roughly 44% of the entire country of Uruguay. The city hosted all the matches of the 1930 FIFA World Cup and its Estadio Centenario is considered a temple of the world football. The city is home for two of the most important and glorious South American football clubs: Peñarol and Nacional.

("Montevideo" Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.)
Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  Total images: 29
Buenos Aires (English: "Fair Winds"; originally Ciudad de la Santísima Trinidad y Puerto de Santa María de los Buenos Aires, "City of the Holy Trinity and Port of Saint Mary of the Fair Winds") is the capital of Argentina and its largest city and port, and one of the largest cities in the world. It is on the southern shore of the Río de la Plata, on the southeastern coast of the South American continent. Strongly influenced by European culture, Buenos Aires is sometimes referred to as the "Paris of the South".

("Buenos Aires" Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.)
Asuncion
Asuncion, Paraguay  |  Total images: 25
Asunción is one of the oldest cities in South America, being known as "Mother of Cities". It was from here that the colonial expeditions departed to found other cities, including the second foundation of Buenos Aires. Asunción is located right next to the Paraguay River whose banks offers a beautiful landscape. It is the seat of government, principal port and chief industrial and cultural centre of the country. Main outputs of the manufacturing industries include footwear, textiles, and tobacco products.

("Asuncion" Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.)