Rio de Janeiro travel of the city districts
Enjoy a first glimpse of Rio de Janeiro travel in pictures and text!
Smell the green forrest and imagine the humid climate moisting your
skin, as we move through the zones of Rio!
city of Rio de Janeiro is a spectacular landscape of mountain formations,
forests and the Atlantic ocean surrounding small strips of land
in which the people of Rio, or Cariocas, inhabit with great happiness.
terrain naturally divides the city into 3 zones, the northern, the
southern and the western, which is again divided into city districts.
addition there is also defined an area as the centre of Rio de Janeiro.
of the zones of Rio here.
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Map of Rio de Janeiro travel Metro here!
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The North Zone of Rio de Janeiro, home of the Maracana,
Quinta da Boa Vista and Rio Zoo!
The Rio de Janeiro
travel tour trough the city districts begins in the north zone with
Vila Isabel, Tijuca and São Cristóvado and on into the centre of
are allot of city districts in the north zone, but these three are
the ones with value for tourists.
tourist attractions here include;The
historical tunnel of Noel Rosa and the vibrating samba school of
Vila Isabel, The famous playground from 1950, the Maracana
football stadium in Tijuca and the Sao Cristovado with Rio
Zoo (more than 2,500 mamals like elephants, lions and monkeys)
and the old park and palace of Quinta da Boa Vista.
north zone also house allot of Rios residents. Going here will give
you an impression on how the inhabitants live their day to day life.
You will also see favelas (shanty towns) which shouldn’t be entered
as they are dangerous.
The Centre of Rio, business, architecture, history & culture!
Arriving at the
centre zone, the Rio de Janeiro travel tour is marked by business,
but still has allot of history, culture and architecture to offer.
can see the traces from the colonial times, the empire period and
the republic period here, with the palace of Dom Pedro, the first
emperor of Brazil, as well as other fantastic pieces of architecture
are several nice walks of Rio de Janeiro to get a picture of the
is a great place to start on your Rio de Janeiro travel tour. Exploring
the centre of Rio de Janeiro with the three beautiful buildings
Theatre Municipal of Rio de Janeiro,
the National Library and the
Fine Arts Museum is breath taking.
offers a fantastic walk along tourist attractions with great historic
value; Uruguaiana, Confeitaria Colombo, Rua sete de decembro, Praca
XV and Centro
Cultural Banco do Brasil. (Use the map to see where to go)
Praca XV you can also travel Rio de Janeiro by boat having a magnificent
and different view of Rio. Some of the destinations worth catching
is the Niteroi bridge, Fiscal island
and the Paqueta Island.
da Lapa or the Carioca Aqueduct (Carioca means native inhabitants
of Rio de Janeiro) is also highly recommended on your Rio de Janeiro
travel tour during the weekends (Fridays or Saturdays).
see the streets filled with people, Brazilians and tourists, drinking
beer, dancing to samba music with an incredible atmosphere! Allot
of the samba history has its origin from this very district.
top of the Lapa aqueduct you’ll find a 100 years old train going
to the Santa Teresa district. Arriving
Santa Teresa is like going back in time to the colonial period with
narrow streets and an incredible view over Rio de Janeiro.
on one of the restaurants, watching the sun go down is unforgettable
here! Then head down to Lapa afterwards for more folk life and some
spots to mention in the centre are Catete with the Catete Park and
Catete Palace where Vargas
killed himself after being accused of corruption and murder.
Aterro de Flamingo is also a good place to visit to gather thoughts
and relax. You’ll find the museum
of modern art here.
but not least, in the Cosme Velho district close to the south zone,
you’ll find the defining Corcovado station going up to the Rio Jesus,
or Christ the Redeemer as he
is also called embracing Rio de Janeiro!
The South Zone of Rio for swimming and nightlife!
The south zone
of Rio de Janeiro is first and foremost associated with the Rio
beach scenario, night life and high concentration of tourists!
on a Rio de Janeiro travel implies a visit to Copacabana beach which
remains one of the worlds most famous beaches and is filled with
hotels, bars, restaurants and shops in every flavour and style.
If you are looking for a place to stay in Rio, you will usually
end up at a Copacabana hotel.
the wavy pavement along the Avenida Atlantica (the beach promenade)
is highly entertaining in its self because of the mixed population
inhabiting the district. You’ll see beggars, prostitutes, wealthy
people nipping at a beer and allot of joggers training at the beach.
next spot on your Rio de Janeiro travel tour is Ipanema and Leblon.
The Ipanema / Leblon district is catching up to Copacabana in popularity
because of cleaner beaches and an excellent nightlife for the younger
Jobins Garota de Ipanema or Girl of Ipanema has also assisted to
make the world aware of the neighbourhood.
the South zone you’ll find the districts of Urca, Leme, Copacabana,
Ipanema, Leblon, Botafogo, Lagoa,Gavea, and the Jardim Botanico
with all they have to offer.
tourist attractions here are: The Sugar loaf, Botanical Gardens,
The Jockey club and The Copacabana Fort
The Western Zone, a visit to America, with hanggliding,
surfing and shopping
Barra de Tijuca
makes part of the western zone of Rio de Janeiro and is virtually
a new city built in its own American style.
terrain separates Barra de Tijuca somewhat from the rest of Rio
de Janeiro and with its high rise expensive condominiums, shopping
malls and even their own statue of liberty, Barra has become an
elitist centre of Rio de Janeiro.
also has Rios longest beach line of 12,1 km. If you want pure ocean,
surfing waves and privacy then the Rio de Janeiro travel tour has
brought you to one of the most attractive areas of Rio.
western zone beach life is very popular during the summer, but can
be a little hassle to get to.
surfers, the rio beaches of Barra, Macumba, Prainha and others found
here are almost always worth the trip.
is even an orange surfbus leaving laranjas, passing by the Avenida
Atlantica every morning and going all the way out to prainha.
to Rio Surfbus
is the only bus to my knowledge that goes this far out, so if you
want to enjoy the waves, or some of Rio's most untouched beaches,
get up early.
celebrities live here as a way to get out of the public eyes. You’ll
also find several night clubs like Newt and Bombar and bars here
(Barril 1800)and even your own Terra Encantada merry land with a
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