South Zone (RJ): The complete guide to the Rio de Janeiro Region

South Zone (RJ)

South Zone (RJ): The charming South Zone, the region most sought after by tourists visiting Rio, brings together the neighborhoods of Botafogo, Catete, Copacabana, Cosme Velho, Flamengo, Gávea, Glória, Humaitá, Ipanema, Jardim Botânico, Lagoa, Laranjeiras , Leblon, Leme, São Conrado, Urca, Vidigal and Rocinha. Who has never dreamed of applauding the sunset on the rock of Arpoador or on the sands of Leblon? The so-called tourist corridor, which appears on postcards and in visitors' clicks, encompasses the popular beaches of Leme, Copacabana, Arpoador, Ipanema and Leblon.

Some of the city's main tourist attractions are located in this region, such as Pão de Açúcar (Urca), Corcovado (Cosme Velho), Jardim Botânico (in the neighborhood of the same name), Aterro do Flamengo (Flamengo) and Marina da Glória (Glória) .

Beaches in the South Zone (RJ) – Rio de Janeiro

Some of the most beautiful and famous beaches in the world are in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro. To take photos or drink coconut water while enjoying the view from Morro da Urca, the stops are Aterro do Flamengo and Enseada do Botafogo.

Following the south coast, you reach Leme and Copacabana, with its extensive and busy promenade. The beach most sung about in verses is Ipanema. In its left corner is Arpoador, a traditional youth haunt and one of the birthplaces of surfing in Brazil. Leblon beach, the favorite setting for Rede Globo soap operas, has several juice bars and bars. The last beach in the South Zone is São Conrado. Very close by is the famous Pepino Beach, a place for beautiful people and a landing spot for hang gliders and paragliders.

Check out the list of beaches:

  1. Ipanema beach
  2. Copacabana beach
  3. Botafogo Beach
  4. São Conrado Beach
  5. Urca Beach
  6. Arpoador Beach
  7. Leblon Beach
  8. Red Beach

Tourist Spots / What to do / Where to go in the South Zone (RJ)

1) Botanical Garden

Created by Dom João VI in 1808, it brings together 8 thousand species of flowers and plants from Brazil and the world. There are imperial palm trees from the time of the foundation. Rua Jardim Botânico, with access only for pedestrians at number 920 and for vehicles and pedestrians at number 1008.


2) Sugar Loaf

The cable car takes you to the top of Pão de Açúcar, from where you can see Guanabara Bay, the coast of Rio de Janeiro and geographical landmarks such as Pedra da Gávea, Dois Irmãos hill and Corcovado. Avenida Pasteur, 520, Urca.

3) Corcovado Hill

Christ the Redeemer, the city's greatest symbol – and recently elected as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World – is 710 m above sea level. There are two accesses to the monument: by van or by train. The train ride up, which takes 20 minutes, allows you to see the Corcovado Railway, inaugurated by Dom Pedro II in 1884, and contact with the Atlantic Forest. Rua Cosme Velho, 513, Cosme Velho.

4) Corcovado – Christ the Redeemer
5) Dona Marta Viewpoint
6) Parque Lage
7) Morro Dois Irmãos
8) Selarón Staircase
9) Copacabana Fort
10) Red Beach
11) Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon
12) Saint Teresa
13) Chinese View
14) Cláudio Coutinho Track
15) Mureta da Urca
16) Aterro do Flamengo
17) Parque das Ruínas Municipal Cultural Center
18) Army Historical Museum and Copacabana Fort
19) Rio de Janeiro Carnival





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