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Rio de Janeiro Neighborhood Guide

Take your Visit to Rio de Janeiro to a Next Level with Tips from a Carioca, Highlights, Culinary Hotspots and more.

Copacabana Never Sleeps

Some say Copacabana is the real Rio de Janeiro. Think of Rio de Janeiro and the first place that comes to mind is Copa, as the cariocas refer to their most populated bairro. The neighborhood is home to the many of the rich and famous. It also hosts a wide range of hotels, restaurants, bars and nightclubs.  The Copacabana Beach is arguably one of the most lively and beautiful beaches of the Brazilian coast, offering its beach lovers with superb views of both the Sugar Loaf and the Statue of Christ the Redeemer. LEARN MORE ABOUT COPACABANA

Beach in Rio

Ipanema is the Soho of Rio

Immortalized by Vinicius de Moraes’ Bossa Nova song Garota de IpanemaThe Girl from Ipanema – the chic neighborhood is today one of the most famous and alluring places in Rio de Janeiro. The democratic Ipanema Beach offers a piece of land to everybody. It’s equally shared by the young and beautiful, the gays, the rich and the poor. Ipanema’s breathtaking sunsets are hard to forget, with the views of both the Arpoador Stone to the left, and the Morro dos Dois Irmaos, to the right. No wonder thousands of people say goodbye to another sunny day by clapping their hands when the night finally sets the new tone.  LEARN MORE ABOUT IPANEMA

Leblon is Exclusive

Right next to Ipanema is Leblon, a small but fashionable district located between the sea and the lagoon. It is an exclusive area, which is obviously posh and expensive. All the elements including the shops and the restaurants are designed to fit this high society neighborhood. A dream neighborhood for most cariocas, Leblon is worth a visit if you are looking for some high class shopping or fine dining. Fine dining restaurants will certainly satisfy even the most discerning of palates. LEARN MORE ABOUT LEBLON

Beach

Barra For Surfers and Beach Lovers

Even though Barra doesn’t have the seductiveness and charming atmosphere of Ipanema OR Copacabana, It offers some awesome malls and the beaches are a paradise for surfers and for those who just want to get away from the crowds. The beaches of Prainha or Reserva, ten minute south of Barra, offer the most tranquil white sand beaches you can find in Rio de Janeiro.  LEARN MORE ABOUT BARRA

Lapa is the True Carioca lifestyle

The Cariocas, Rio’s residents, have perfected the art of living, which is more evident when you cross the streets of the bohemian neighborhood of Lapa. Especially on a Friday night. Mingling around its many streets, dancing the night away in Lapa is something that the locals love doing. Lapa’s musical atmosphere, with its informal restaurants, bars and street kiosks will give you that special sensation of a night well spent and truly deserved.  MORE ABOUT LAPA

Botafogo and Flamengo

The areas of Flamengo and Botafogo were the first region in the south zone that was occupied residentially.  Both are known to offer its residents a high quality of life. The neighborhood of Flamengo is more residential in nature while nearby Botafogo, is more commercial and hosts several companies and shopping malls.  Both Botafogo and Flamengo are home to great bars, quality restaurants, museums and plenty of tourist attractions. Several streets in the area offer magnificent views of nearby Corcovado and Sugar Loaf mountains. MORE ABOUT BOTAFOGO AND FLAMENGO

The Charm of Santa Teresa Overview

Santa Teresa is close to downtown Rio and has evolved into a great neighborhood over theyear's. Its picturesque landscape and quaint village-like atmosphere continues to attract a large number of tourists, for its winding, narrow streets and artistic hotspots. Its natural scenery, rustic atmosphere and easy access to Lapa are what make it an attractive neighborhood. It is currently a popular tourist site with plenty of bars and restaurants, popular with both natives and tourists. MORE ABOUT Santa Teresa.

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