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Incredible neighborhoods of Flamengo and Botafogo

Flamengo and Botafogo were the first residential neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro

The neighborhoods of Flamengo and Botafogo were the first regions in the south zone that was occupied residentially. Botafogo is more commercial in nature in comparison to the residential neighborhood of Flamengo. Flamengo is known for its tranquility and large and beautiful colonial homes that blend with apartment buildings.

Aerial view of Botafogo beach

The neighborhood is predominantly middle class that live in a relaxed, family-oriented atmosphere. When it comes to nightlife, Botafogo its immediate neighbor has much more to speak about. Botafogo was named after João Pereira de Souza Botafogo, one of the first residents in the area. Botafogo boasts of many museums, theatres and movie theatres along with a colorful nightlife so you can be sure of the best in entertainment when you visit the area.

Botafogo Neighborhood

Botafogo gained importance in the 19th century when the Portuguese court was established here. The introduction of the street car and urban reforms of this region in the early and mid twentieth century led to the removal of slums, widening of roads and all round improvement in infrastructure. This obviously led to an increase in population and commercial interest in the area. Botafogo is located between Flamengo and Copacabana. Urca, Humaitá and Laranjeiras are also the neighborhoods that surround Botafogo.


Mirante do Pasmado

Pasmado Overlook is the perfect spot to take pictures of the Guanabara Bay. The statue of Christ the Redeemer is also clearly visible from this point. This point can be accessed from Bartolomeu Portela Street.

Villa Lobos Museum

Villa Lobos Museum is named after the legendary Heitor Villa-Lobos who dedicated his life to the study of Brazilian music. The works of this famous composer are preserved in this museum along with photos, personal objects, musical instruments and the piano on which he composed his music. The headquarters of this museum was designed by Burle Marx.

Rui Barbosa Museum

Rui Brabosa Museum was built by the Baron of Lagoa in 1850. It was purchased in 1895 by Rui Barbosa who was a celebrated jurist, politician and journalist. The museum is a center of research and documentation and features personal items of Rui Barbosa like period furniture, personal objects and cars used by him.

Rui Barbosa Museum

Museum of the Indigenous

The Museum of the Indigenous was built in the late 19th century to preserve the culture and traditions of the indigenous tribes of Brazil. On display are all sorts of handicrafts, arts, movies, recordings of original music, library and photos which total around 15000 exhibits.


The region of Botafogo is well known for its bars and nightlife. The neighborhood holds great appeal for the alternative public. Voluntários da Pátria Street has several bars, but most of them are concentrated in the Baixo Botafogo area near the beach. You can have loads of fun by the beach then head on over to the bar for a cold beer and delicious appetizers.

Flamengo Neighborhood

Flamengo is one of the most historical areas of Rio. It contains a concentration of landmarks, churches, museums and other cultural institutions. You can get the best views of Guanabara bay. Flamengo Recliam designed by Burle Marx is the pride of the neighborhood. It is said to contain over 300 species of trees and plants and extends over an area of 1 million square meters. Flamengo lies next to Botafago.


Flamengo Park

The Flamengo Park features gardens designed by Burle Max and is a must visit attraction in the region. It is the largest leisure area of Rio de Janeiro. An electric car tour along with a guide is the best way to learn about the history of the place as you pass by various species of flora and fauna in the park. The views of Guanabara Bay and Sugar Loaf are particularly impressive.

Palm trees in the Flamengo park

Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art in Flamengo Park is worth a visit both, for its modernist art and architecture. It houses over 11,000 works including paintings, sculptures and engravings by both Brazilian and foreign artists. The Modern Art Museum is also home to a highly specialized library and a popular cinematheque. The Museum Oi Futuro displays temporary exhibitions which are usually of contemporary art.

The Museum of Modern Art in Flamengo Park


The neighborhood of Flamengo has several bars that range from simple to elegant. The bulk of the bars are located on Marquês de Abrantes street but there are several others scattered throughout the neighborhood. Devassa, Belmonte, Adega do Juca and Picote are the most famous bars. Devassa is reputed to be the largest bar that specializes in a variety of international beers, making it one of the most popular watering holes in the neighborhood.