Tourists

Tourists and city residents visit the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro July 8, 2007. The statue is among the modern day seven wonders of the world chosen in a poll of 100 million online voters. REUTERS/Cris Borges

Hundreds

Hundreds of people gather at Copacabana beach ahead of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) vote to determine the host city for the 2016 Summer Olympics, on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro October 2, 2009. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos

Tourists

Tourists take in the scene from atop scenic Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro December 31, 1999. Sugarloaf mountain and Botafogo beach can be seen in the background. REUTERS/Gregg Newton

Models

Models present creations from Salinas' 2010 spring/summer collection during Fashion Rio Show in Rio de Janeiro June 6, 2009. REUTERS/Alex Carvalho

Brazilian

Brazilian Jose Ricardo (R), who goes by the nickname Bocao, gives surfing lessons to children who live with him in Rio de Janeiro's largest slum Rocinha, in Rio de Janiero November 24, 2006. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos

Revellers

Revellers participate in an afternoon parade during a pre-carnival event in Ipanema neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro February 7, 2009. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

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A cross displayed during a protest against violence at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro July 26, 2009. The NGO Rio de Paz (Peace Rio) held the protest on the beach with the relatives of victims of violence. Famous for its beaches and the biggest party in the world at Carnival time, Brazil's second-biggest city is plagued by a vast gap between rich and poor that helps breed violent crime, including a huge drug trade, murders and assaults. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos

Musicians

Musicians perform at the Scenarium bar in Rio de Janeiro in this picture taken September 22, 2004. In trendy nightclubs in Rio de Janeiro, choro, the parent of samba, is living a loud revival that involves local people of all ages and tourist alike. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos

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A Rio resident relaxes at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, October 2, 2009. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos

Residents

Residents relax at Rio de Janeiro's beach district of Leme with the Chapeu Mangueira slum in the background May 7, 2008. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

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A Brazilian policeman arrests a suspected drug trafficker during an anti-narcotics raid in the Rocinha shantytown of Rio de Janeiro March 25, 2009. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos

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A Brazilian man dressed as Pope Benedict XVI walks by during a party organized by the Bola Preta Carnival club at Rio Branco Avenue in Rio de Janeiro February 17, 2007. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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A Brazilian man transports on his horse-drawn cart the remains of a Volkswagen Beetle that caught fire and was abandoned by its owner the day before in the Rio de Janeiro neighbourhood of Barra da Tijuca, July 25, 2005. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos

Residents

Residents walk past an armored vehicle at the entrance of the Mangueira slum during an operation to search for weapons in Rio de Janeiro March 12, 2006. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

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A man walks past a slum near the Acari river in Rio de Janeiro, February 3, 2006. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

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A resident of the Complexo do Alemao slum walks past members of an elite Brazilian police force participating in a raid to try and control the escalating violence between drug gangs, in Rio de Janeiro February 14, 2007. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos

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A boy prepares for boxing practice at the Fight for Peace Sports and Education Center at the Mare slum in Rio de Janeiro September 12, 2007. The center, a social project sponsored by the British Embassy, was created for children growing up in slums to prevent them from becoming involved in organized crime. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos

Street

Street basketball players in action during the first Brazilian Street Basketball league championship in Rio de Janeiro July 16, 2005. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

Brazilian

Brazilian kids play soccer at sunset on Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, November 25, 2004. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

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A reveller of Portela samba school dances atop a float during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, early February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos