Attractions

Gardens in Barra da Tijuca & West of Rio

Sítio Burle Marx

This 35-hectare estate was once the home of Brazil's most famous landscape architect, Roberto Burle Marx. The estate's lush vegetation includes thousands of plant species, some of which are rare varieties from diffe…
Beach in Barra da Tijuca & West of Rio

Praia da Barra da Tijuca

The best thing about Barra is the beach. It stretches for 18km, with the blue sea lapping at the shore. The first few kilometers of its eastern end are filled with bars and seafood restaurants.
Park in Barra da Tijuca & West of Rio

Parque Natural Municipal de Marapendi

Near Barra da Tijuca's coastal strip, this155-hectare biological reserve has photogenic views over the Marapendi lagoon dotted with mangroves, towering jacarandas and other tropical tree species. There are lots of b…
Beach in Barra da Tijuca & West of Rio

Prainha

One of the most picturesque beaches near Rio, Prainha is backed by cliffs and thick forest. The sea can be rough, but it's a favorite among surfers. It feels secluded during the week, but gets crowded on weekends (g…
Museum in Barra da Tijuca & West of Rio

Casa do Pontal

Owned by French designer Jacques Van de Beuque, this impressive museum containing some 4500 pieces has one of the best folk-art collections in Brazil. The assorted artifacts are grouped according to theme, including…
Park in Barra da Tijuca & West of Rio

Parque Ecológico Chico Mendes

This 40-hectare park was created in 1989 and named after the Brazilian ecological activist who was murdered for his work. The park protects the remaining sand-spit vegetation from real-estate speculators. The facili…
Park in Barra da Tijuca & West of Rio

Bosque da Barra

Covering 50 hectares of salt-marsh vegetation, this park is a refuge and breeding area for many small birds and animals, and you might spy capybaras, agouti or marmosets (and caiman gliding through the waters). The …
Landmark in Barra da Tijuca & West of Rio

Parque Olímpico

This was the epicenter of the 2016 Summer Olympics and the Paralympic Games. Sadly, the facilities now sit largely abandoned and are not open to the public.