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We don't have a full guide online for this place yet so we've pulled together the advice from in and around the area that we think may be helpful.
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Santa Teresa & Lapa
On the southwestern edge of Centro is Lapa, a ramshackle neigborhood that's also the epicenter of Rio's nightlife with dozens of samba-filled bars and clubs and late-night street parties. Uphill from Lapa is Santa Teresa, a picturesque neighborhood of winding streets and old mansions that have been restored by the many artists and bohemian characters who have settled there.
Centro & Cinelândia
Centro is Rio's business hub with wide boulevards crisscrossed by narrow pedestrian lanes; it's also one of Rio's oldest areas, with baroque churches, former palaces and excellent museums. There are also a few theaters (including historic Theatro Municipal) and some lively outdoor bars that draw happy-hour crowds.
Catete & Glória
Continuing north are more residential neighborhoods, including low-key Flamengo, leafy Laranjeiras and further west Cosme Velho, above which looms Cristo Redentor atop Corcovado. Following the curve of the bay north is the Parque do Flamengo, home to cycling trails, sports fields and several monuments and museums.
Gávea, Jardim Botânico & Lagoa
The northern border of Ipanema and Leblon is the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, a saltwater lagoon fronted by the high-rent districts of Gávea, Jardim Botânico and Lagoa. Here you'll find open-air dining and drinking at lakeside restaurants, as well as the verdant botanical gardens to the west.
Botafogo & Urca
Botafogo lies just north of Copacabana, and is a desirable neighborhood with an active bar scene and a few intriguing museums in the area's old mansions. East of Botafogo, Urca retains a peaceful vibe, and is famed for the mountain, Pão de Açúcar, overshadowing its leafy streets.
Rio de Janeiro City
At once both a cinematic cityscape and a grimy urban front line, Rio de Janeiro, known as the cidade maravilhosa (marvelous city), is nothing if not exhilarating. Flanked by gorgeous mountains, white-sand beaches and verdant rainforests fronting deep blue sea, Rio occupies one of the most spectacular settings of any metropolis in the world.