A brief history of West Zone of Rio de Janeiro: In the early 1970’s, Rio de Janeiro inaugurated the Joá Bridge and Tunnel, that joined the South and West Zones. This began the unprecedented growth of this new area in both construction and population. The West Zone (Barra da Tijuca, Baixada de Jacarepaguá and beyond)…

Although Rio de Janeiro’s grand scale Porto Maravilha project is center stage, smaller scale projects are gaining fame as well. Rio de Janeiro is not just beautiful beaches and tall palm trees. The majority of its population lives outside the city center in poverty. The neighborhoods are mainly located in the North and West Zones.…

The “Operação Urbana Porto Maravilha” is a massive urban renewal project occurring in Rio de Janeiro’s Downtown Port Zone, involving an area of 5 million square meters (1,120 football fields). This is by far the largest neighborhood revitalization project in Brazilian history. This area, although historically prominent and architecturally aesthetic, has suffered from huge devaluation, problems…

Anyone who first arrives in Rio de Janeiro, and takes a casual evening stroll, can’t help but be drawn in by the twinkling lights lighting up the hillsides. Well, those twinkling lights sitting on some of the most prime real estate in the city, are the favelas. Favelas are defined as slums, yet the word slum doesn’t incapsulate what…

Rio de Janeiro is much more than Copacabana and Ipanema. It is home to incredibly diverse and interesting neighborhoods that can satisfy various different tourism itches. Here are some of the best neighborhoods you may or may not have heard of:

Favelas, loosely translated as ‘slums’, make up a big part of Brazilian history and its present identity with over 11 million people living within them. Rio de Janeiro Favelas reside on its many hillsides, the suburbs, and the adjacent cities. Some sit on top of upper-class neighborhoods and business hubs, while others were pushed far from the city center.…