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Ilha do governador, Rio de Janeiro

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Governador Island is the largest island in Guanabara Bay, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It has a population of about 300,000 inhabitants, in a small area of 42km2.Rio de Janeiro's main airport, Galeão - Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport and the Galeão Air Force Base, are located on Governador Island and occupy about a third of it, in the western and northwestern parts. A small sea inlet that once existed on the northwestern shore was landfilled to build the airport's runway 10/28, thereby increasing the island's area a little bit.Often mentioned by cariocas simply as Ilha, Governador Island has some favelas, such as the pacified Morro do Dendê, the largest one, but it also has many middle-class neighborhoods and even the third better IDH index in the city, the Jardim Guanabara neighborhood. The island is connected to Fundão Island and to the mainland by a complex of expressway bridges and through a barge in Cocotá Terminal, transporting passengers to downtown in Rio.The name means "Governor's Island" because one of the first colonial governors of Brazil built a country house on the island in the 16th century. The native name for the island in Old Tupi was Paranapuã, which means "sea branch".
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  • A part of the city with a wonderful view of Rio de Janeiro. Few sights, but with a busy nightlife. Worth it enjoy the night on the island with excellent bars and restaurants all around the edge of the Beach from the Spout.
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  • Lower cost, but only attractions off the island. Dirty beaches and bad traffic. I didn't have the courage to walk into the sea due to dirt.
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  • It was wonderful, this trip, Ilha do Governador is far away, but it's really good to have beautiful places. But only problem is from one place to another, but if car is very good.
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