Lapa is considered the heart of Rio de Janeiro's bohemian Downtown area. This historical district was reclaimed from Lagoa do Boqueirao way back in Colonial Rio. Its most famous postcard is the acqueduct, that dates back to the early XVIII century. It was then used to bring water from the hills to the Centro. Today you can ride on top of it in the only remainining streetcar in Rio de Janeiro.
But this is only the tip of the iceberg. Fundicao Progresso is where they made many of the cast iron rails you see decorating the balconies of historical sobrados (two-story townhouses). Today it is a major cultural center with workshops during the day and big shows and parties at night. Next door is Circo Voador, another cultural center and show hall that is a reference in Brazil. Add a street lined up with samba halls and bars, another with a concentration of antique shops, a bunch favorite restaurants and you start to get the picture.
Lapa has also been the inspiration to countless songs, including delicious sambas. Whether you visit Lapa during the day or at night you will surely fnd lots of things to do and see. Enjoy!