Category: Neighborhoods

Paquetá Island

One of my favorite areas of Rio is definitely Paquetá, which, belive it or not, is part of the city of Rio. Just because it is one hour…

Centro

The “center” or “downtown” of Rio is mostly commercial. There are offices, hotels, restaurants, et cetera. It is booming during business hours, 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday….

Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa is a neighborhood straddled in the past and the present at the same time. The Escadaria Selarón, the colorful stairs that the neighborhood shares with Lapa,…

Glória

Believe it or not but this is the area of town from which the name carioca, the modern demonym of the city, comes from. Before the Nossa Senhora…

Flamengo

Olivier van Noort, the Dutch maritime explorer, tried to invade the area known today as Flamengo in the late 1500s. At the time the Portuguese called the Dutch…

Botafogo

Botafogo is another beachfront neighborhood, situated between the Guanabara Bay, and the hills of Dona Morta, Mundo Novo, and São João. It is home to Botafogo football club…

Copacabana

Before it was renamed in the 18th Century after a newly built chapel that held a replica of the Virgen de Copacabana, who by the way happens to…

Ipanema

In the Tupí language, which belonged to a group of people who are believed to be the original inhabitants of the area and whose language has since gone…