Top Choice Mountain in Botafogo & Urca

Pão de Açúcar

Seen from the peak of Pão de Açúcar, Rio is undoubtedly a Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City). There are many good times to make the ascent, but sunset on a clear day is the most rewarding. Two cable cars connect to…
Beach in Botafogo & Urca

Praia Vermelha

Beneath Morro da Urca, narrow Praia Vermelha has superb views of the rocky coastline from the shore. Its coarse sand gives the beach the name vermelha (red). Because the beach is protected by the headland, the water…
Museum in Botafogo & Urca

Museu do Índio

Though closed for renovations at the time of research, the small Museu do Índio features multimedia exhibitions on Brazil’s northern tribes and provides an excellent introduction to the economic, religious and socia…
Beach in Botafogo & Urca

Praia de Botafogo

Although the waters of Baía de Guanabara (Guanabara Bay) are too polluted for swimming, the beach overlooking the Enseada de Botafogo (Botafogo Inlet) makes a photogenic setting for a run or bike ride. Hopeful footb…
Beach in Botafogo & Urca

Praia da Urca

This tiny beach is popular with neighborhood kids who gather here for pick-up football games when school is not in session (and sometimes when it is). A small restaurant, Garota da Urca, lies near the beach.
Museum in Botafogo & Urca

Museu Casa de Rui Barbosa

The former mansion of famous Brazilian journalist and diplomat Rui Barbosa is now a museum housing his library and personal belongings. Barbosa played a pivotal role in shaping the country’s socioeconomic developmen…
Viewpoint in Botafogo & Urca

Mirante do Pasmado

Sweeping views of Enseada de Botafogo, Pão de Açúcar and Corcovado await visitors who make the journey up Pasmado. It’s best reached in early morning or late afternoon, when the light is at its optimum for capturing…
Museum in Botafogo & Urca

Museu Villa-Lobos

Housed in a century-old building, this modest museum is dedicated to the memory of Brazil’s greatest classical composer and founder of the Brazilian Academy of Music, Heitor Villa-Lobos. In addition to scores, music…