Mate

Mate

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Cerveja, agua, refrigerante,” one group of vendors calls as they sell cold beer, water, soda and the cries of “Mate, Limonada” also echo along the shorelines as men dressed in orange famously make their with two silver tubs, one filled with chilled mate, a tea made from a bitter herb originating in southern Chile, and the other containing refreshingly cold lemonade.

“The mate vendor on the beach is the face of Rio, one of the most recognizable of the city’s personages,” Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes stated on Leme beach during a celebration for the vendors inclusion in the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Rio de Janeiro City last year. “These vendors are in Rio’s memory.”