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Each of Rio zone and districts has a charm of its own. Some are new and modern, other are traditional, or exclusive or bohemian. But one thing is certain, you should visit as many as you can. They are all full of surprises.

West Zone and Barra da Tijuca

From the South Zone to Niemeyer Avenue, or through the Zuzu Angel Tunnel you can access the Barra da Tijuca, known as the "Carioca Miami". On the west side, you´ll find the Recreio dos Bandeirantes and some preservation areas such as the Prainha Beach and the Grumari.

Botafogo and Urca

Botafogo: Formerly the Brazilian aristocracy retreat, the neighbourhood of Botafogo is located between the centre and the South Zone and it still keeps its beautiful XIX manor houses.
The Bars at the Horto Mercado Cobal are a must.

Urca: Is located at the feet of the hill that leads to the Sugar Loaf (Pão de Açúcar).
The Casino da Urca and the Baía de Guanabara are interesting visits.


The neighbourhood known as "O Centro" is not really the centre of Rio but is called that because Rio started there.
It is interesting to visit the Main Street, originally inspired in the Paris Boulevards and the Cinelândia, the TV and Movies production quarters. The neighbourhoods "Centro" is an open air museum full of churches and historic buildings.


Copacabana, with 150.000 inhabitants, has always been one of the most important neighbourhoods in Rio de Janeiro.

Its distinctive traits are the pedestrian areas that imitate the movements of the sea waves in a Portuguese stones mosaic.

The avenues that take you to Copacabana are three: Barata Ribeiro, Nossa Senhora de Copacabana and Atlântica.

Glória, Catete and Flamengo

Glória: The facade of the impressive Hotel Glória, at Russel Street, is the main spot in one of the oldest parts of Rio.

Catete: Located near Glória, this area has quite a bit of the history of Brazilian history. It was the head of government when Rio was the Capital. The Republic Museum is an interesting visit.

Flamengo: This neighbourhood is characterised by it old buildings, offices and bars in the Senador Vergueiro and Marquês de Abrantes streets.


This neighbourhood is famous worldwide thanks to the music of Tom Jobim and Vinícius de Morais. Its beach is the favourite of the Cariocas. Ipanema Beach stretches from Arpoardor Beach (the surfers´ choice) to the Jardim de Alá.

By the ocean, runs the Vieira Souto Avenue, a very touristy area. At the surroundings of the Nossa Senhora da Paz beach, there are many restaurants and bars. It has plenty of nightlife.

Lagoa, Jardim Botânico and Gávea

Lagoa: The Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon is located in the South Zone of Rio and is one of its main touristic attractions. The Epitácio Pessoa and Borges de Medeiros avenues are surrounded by luxury residential neighbourhoods, with many bars and restaurants.

Jardim Botânico: The Botanical Garden is also located in the South Zone and it is considered one of the most captivating and quiet areas of the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Gávea is the bohemian neighbourhood of Rio. Known as "Baixo Gávea" it is located after the Clube Hípico.


This is an old aqueduct that distributed the waters of River Carioca. The Arches of Lapa are the door to the neighbourhood where samba was born. There are several bars and restaurants with samba dancing. There is also an interesting flying circus.

Laranjeiras and Cosme Velho

Laranjeiras used to be a transition road. It starts at Farani Street. It is basically a university students and residential area, with many bars.

Cosme Velho: Is the extension of Laranjeiras. Its distinctive traits are its green areas and the colonial houses. It is close to the train station for the Corcovado Hill and the Christ.


Leblon looks like a simple extension of Ipanema, but if you walk around you´ll notice that it has its own beauty and identity.

This is considered to be an exceptionally "carioca" neighbourhood for having some of the best views of the city. Dias Ferreira Street, one of the most important in Rio starts here. It has many bars, restaurants and shops.

Santa Teresa

The main icon of Santa Teresa is its "Yellow Bus" that runs from one extreme of the neighbourhood to the other. The Santa Teresa neighbourhood is characterised by several manor houses, parallelepiped streets, colonial churches and clothes ateliers for the Carioca Carnival.

The "Yellow Bus" (Bonde Amarelo) station is located in the Lélio Gama Street, at the Centro, goes by the Lapa Arch and arrives to Santa Teresa.

North Zone and São Cristóvão

The North Zone was the place for the XIX century Carioca aristocracy. It starts at the Quinta da Boa Vista Street, goes through the Palácio São Cristóvão (where today is the National Museum) and the Jardim Zoológico. São Cristóvão is the Centre of Northern Brazilian Traditions. The most important neighbourhoods of the North Zone are: Vila Isabel, Terra de Noel Rosa, Maracanã and Tijuca.

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