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#NGTRadar: Travel Lately

The Radar–the latest and best from the travel blogosphere–is a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every other Wednesday. Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTravel and tag your favorite travel stories #NGTRadar to help us find the crème de la crème on the Web. Here are our latest picks.

Looking for an escape from the turmoil of urban existence? Many waterfront cities have island havens where nature beckons, just a quick step across a bridge or a short ferry ride away. Here are ten worth seeing.

Bottle the pheromones in Rio de Janeiro during carnival, and you’ll become a billionaire overnight.

It’s no surprise that the heart of carnival pumps faster in Rio than it does anywhere else in the world. In a city of seismic social disparities, it’s the one time of year when it doesn’t matter if you measure out your wages in handfuls of beans or if you live in the most expensive gated estate in the Southern Hemisphere. Instead, it’s how many kisses you steal in a night and how many samba steps you squeeze into a second that count.

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world all the time. Here’s just a taste of what you can do and see in December.

From pristine rain forests to some of the biggest parties on Earth, Brazil is a world unto itself. Find out how to avoid offending the more than 193 million people who live there (and even make friends) by following cross-cultural guru Dean Foster‘s advice on how to navigate the largest lusophone (that means Portuguese-speaking) country in the world.

The Icon: Rio’s “Cristo”

Functioning as Rio de Janeiro’s dashboard Jesus, the towering “Cristo Redentor” (Christ the Redeemer) gazes out upon a city celebrated more for the pleasures of its flesh than for the saintliness of its sculptures. Here are a few fun facts about the iconic statue.

A Change of Pace in Paraty

Paraty on Brazil’s Costa Verde — the halfway point between São Paulo and Rio — has become a center for laid-back artsy types and nature lovers looking to explore the rainforest-covered mountains and turquoise waters that surround the colonial town. Guest blogger Liz Behler offers a few tips to help you plan your visit.

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We are always impressed by our community’s passion for travel and exploration. That’s why every Friday we ask you the same question on Facebook: Where are you traveling this weekend?

Dutch artist duo Haas&Hahn first worked together while filming a documentary for MTV about hip hop in the favelas (Brazilian slums) of Rio and São Paolo. They’re still making their mark in Brazil, but this time they’re not using video cameras, they’re using paint. The “community-driven art interventions” of their Favela Painting Project are providing…

Rio Treasure Hunt

Lawrence Ferber shares some of his favorite finds from his recent visit to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Call her Lady Rumpelstiltskin. Actually, strike that, Rump was a nasty little thug. But Rio-based jewelry designer Meire Bonadio does indeed spin organic straw to make eco-friendly golden jewelry and accessories. This golden grass, aka capim dourado, grows…

Hello, city-lovers! Today we’re heading south to Rio de Janeiro, South America’s second-largest city. Local expert Lucy Bryson tells us what’s hot in this Brazilian metropolis. Want to see your city on IT? Copy and paste our list of fill-in-the-blank questions into an e-mail, fill in your answers, and send your responses to IntelligentTravel@ngs.org. And…