Flamengo, Glória, Catete and Centro (Downtown) are areas of
historical interest, dotted with landmark churches and buildings.
This is the region is where Rio de Janeiro started to grow (see a
). There is also the mammoth Flamengo Park, a
sprawling green reclaim with marinas, sports courts, museums, and
a landscape design by Brazilian garden guru Burle Marx.
The main inconvenience about Flamengo, Glória and Downtown
compared to other favorite neighborhoods is that you will need to
depend on taxis or the subway to go to the beach. Even though
there are places known as Flamengo and Botafogo Beaches, they are
located on Guanabara Bay,
and thus unsuitable for swimming. At night you will have to count
on taxis, as the subway is closed.
There are many hotels in these neighborhoods. You will find
from economy and budget alternatives to traditional staples like
Hotel Glória and Novo Mundo. Hotels in these areas may be a
better-priced alternative for high season events like Carnival and
New Years. The Samba Parade
happens at the Sambodrome
in the Downtown area; the contest of luxury costumes is held at
Glória, and there are street balls and festivities all around.
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attractions and maps of each area.