Rio de Janeiro beaches welcome swimmers back after successful cleanup effort


For the first time in more than a decade, Rio de Janeiro’s beaches are safe for swimming.

The coastline of Brazil’s seaside city has been plagued with raw sewage, industrial pollution and rubbish for years. Guanabara Bay, with its iconic views of Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer, has been especially hard hit.

But a massive clean-up operation is finally changing that.

Water testing, sanitation initiatives and favourable weather conditions have now transformed the waters into a pristine playground for beach lovers.

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