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this is a little side street for pedestrians which is lined with lots of bars and restaurants. The Saturday we were there, there were tons of people just hanging out and drinking and eating. There is a famous Arco there as part of the walk...More
Old Rio--Rio Antigo--is gone with the wind. While individual buildings dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries are still scattered hither and yon, they are coexisting loners within a high-rise jungle. There are virtually no neighborhoods where you can walk through historic old streets...More
After passing under Arco do Teles from Praça XV, I came out into a narrow cobblestone lane called Travessa do Comércio (Trade Lane). The lane was strictly for pedestrians, leading towards the other street called Rua do Ouvidor. It was surrounded by the buildings and...More
Date of experience: June 2015
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Downtown Rio is the place where this city was born. With modern skyscrapers sharing space with historical buildings and landmarks, this neighbourhood is living proof that the old and the new can live together harmoniously. As you would expect, downtown is where all major companies house their offices. However, the region isn’t restricted to businesses. Gems such like the “Paço Imperial,” which is a cultural centre that
used to serve as a residence for governors of Brazil, can be found here. Pedra do Sal, a Monday night street party, is also in this neighbourhood. This landmark is the birthplace of samba and is famous for its “roda de sambas” (“dance circles”). Stop in for one and get closer to discovering where Brazilian happiness comes from.