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Barra da Tijuca in Rio

Location of Barra

The Rio de Janeiro district of Barra da Tijuca, known as Barra, is located in the West Zone of the city.
It belongs to the sub-municipality of Barra da Tijuca along with the Recreio dos Bandeirantes, Vargem Grande, Vargem Pequena, Camorim, Joá, Grumari and Itanhangá neighbourhoods.

Barra da Tijuca district borders Recreio dos Bandeirantes, Vargem Pequena, Itanhangá and Jacarepaguá.

About Barra

One of the fastest growing districts in Rio, Barra is considered a gastronomic and entertainment centre. Bara´s most distinctive traits are its green spaces, gardens, luxury condos and buildings, big malls, web and computer companies, publicity agencies and the offices of multinational corporations, such as Shell Brazil, Michelin, Vale do Rio Doce, Esso Brazil, Vivo, Nokia, Tim, Unimed among many. Barra is also the only 100% projected district in Rio. It is also the only district with autonomous condos that is, with their own shops, school, church and complete leisure infrastructure. Besides that, the district is an example of sustainability: a large part of the buildings are eco friendly.
Barra da Tijuca is a large and diverse neighbourhood. There are middle-class and high-class households, and also very rich and wealthy (AAA).

Barra district features

The district is cut by lagoons, rivers and canals, and therefore it is accessed mainly by bridges. The Pedra Branca hills and the Tijuca forest surround the district.

The neighbourhood has an extensive coastline, half of which is a natural preservation area (known as the "Reserva").

There is one courthouse in Barra da Tijuca, called Fórum da Barra which hosts both civil and criminal courts.

There are several universities in the neighbourhood, including Universidade Estácio de Sá, Pontifícia Universidade Católica, Universidade Gama Filho, Universidade Veiga de Almeida and the Instituto Brasileiro de Mercado de Capitais.

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