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T+L's Definitive Guide to Rio de Janeiro

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Photo: David Nicolas

Lay of the Land

Botafogo: Come here for Rio’s designer boutiques, art galleries, and views of Sugarloaf Mountain.

Centro: Colonial-era structures and glass-and-steel office buildings fill the city’s commercial heart.

Copacabana: With its world-famous beach and raucous nightclubs, Copacabana is Rio’s touristy epicenter.

Ipanema: This trendy district draws crowds but is calmer than Copacabana. Outdoor cafés line the leafy avenues.

Jardim Botânico: The elegant Jardim Botânico edges the botanical gardens and hums with buzzy restaurants.

Santa Teresa: Artists flock to this hilly area for its bohemian bars and Guanabara Bay views.

Safety & Getting Around

Be wary of pickpockets, especially near major tourist sites. We recommend traveling by taxis, which can be hailed on the street.

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