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Rio de Janeiro/Zona Norte

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The North Zone of Rio has fewer tourist attractions than other parts of town, but it's worth at least one trip to Maracanã Stadium.

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Maracanã Stadium

Most tourists see Zona Norte for only a moment as they past through the Galeao International Airport or the Rodoviaria Novo Rio interstate bus terminal.

  • Rio de Janeiro Galeão (Galeão International Airport), Avenida 20 de Janiero, 21 3398-5050, [1]. To get in and away by plane, hundreds of international and domestic flight offered daily.  edit
  • Rodoviaria Novo Rio, Av. Francisco Bicalho, 01- Santo Cristo, +55 (21) 3213-1800, [2]. Buses going all over the country leave from this busy hub. Make sure to check the prices and find out if your bus has air conditioning, especially for long trips.  edit

Get around[edit]

Because the Zona Norte is known for being a bit rougher, taking taxis is highly recommended.

By metrô[edit]

The Zona Norte is served by both lines of the subway system. They meet at Estácio, on the border with the Centro district. Useful stops include:

Line 1[edit]

  • Estácio - to Line 2
  • Afonso Pena (in Tijuca)
  • São Francisco Xavier (in Tijuca)
  • Saens Peña (in Tijuca) - for Tijuca forest trail (way up!)

Line 2[edit]

  • Estácio - to Line 1
  • São Cristóvão - for the Rio Zoo and Feira de São Cristóvão, typical market and fair with food, drinks and craft from Brazilian Northeastern culture
  • Maracanã - for Maracanã football stadium
  • Triagem (in Mangueira) - for Mangueira, the most famous favela and samba school
  • Del Castilho - for the outlet clothes mall, Nova América

See[edit][add listing]

Musical sidewalk in Vila Isabel
  • Aerospace Museum (Museu Aeroespacial), Av. Marechal Fontenelle - Sulacap (some way out of town to the west of the city), 21 2108-8954, [3]. Tu-F 9AM-3PM, weekends 9:30AM-4PM. Good collection of planes, engines, etc. and a chance to see how Air Traffic Control works.  edit
  • Engenhão Stadium (Estádio do Engenhão), Rua Arquias Cordeiro - Engenho de Dentro. Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, known by its nickname of Engenhão, is a new soccer stadium built for the Pan-American Games of 2007. A modern construction, not as big as Maracanã but still worth a visit for soccer fans. The Botafogo team plays its matches there.  edit
  • Grajaú State Park (Parque Estadual do Grajaú), Rua Comendador Martinelli 742 - Grajaú, 21 2576 4296. This 55-hectare park preserves some of the original forest and serves as a refuge for a wide range of species including marmosets, bush dogs, guinea pigs, parakeets, vultures, and hawks. The park includes the Pedra do Andaraí, symbol of the area.  edit
  • Maracanã Stadium (Estádio do Maracanã), Av. Presidente Castelo Branco at Av. Maracanã. Once the world's highest capacity football venue, it was able to hold nearly 200,000 people. In modern times, the capacity has been reduced because of safety considerations, and the introduction of seating for all fans. Currently undergoing renovation, it will eventually hold 80,000. The matches of Rio's football clubs like Flamengo or Fluminense are usually far from full, so go along and watch a game.  edit
  • Museum of Astronomy and Related Sciences (Museu de Astronomia e Ciências Afins (MAST)), Rua General Bruce 586 - São Cristovão (just northwest of Centro), 21 2580-7010, [4]. Tues, Thur and Fri 09.00-17.00; Thur 09.00-20.00; Sat 14.00-20.00; Sun 14.00-18.00. Also has an observatory. Free of charge.  edit
  • Museum of the First Reign (Museu do Primeiro Reinado), Avenida Pedro II 293 - São Cristóvão, 21 2589-9627. A museum about the reign of Emperor Pedro I (1822-1831), but with a modest collection.  edit
  • Musical sidewalks of Vila Isabel (calçadas musicais), Vila Isabel. The mosaic sidewalks along Boulevard 28 de Setembro between Praça Maracanã and Praça Barão de Drummond are musical staves. Written in the stones are 20 complete musical works, including tunes by Ary Barroso, Martinho da Vila, Almirante, Noel Rosa, and other famous Brazilian composers who frequented Vila Isabel back in its Bohemian heyday. If you know who these guys are, you might also be interested in checking out the famous sculpture of Noel Rosa on this street at the entrance to the bairro.  edit
  • Quinta da Boa Vista, Av Pedro II, São Cristovão (north of Metrô São Cristovão), +55 (21) 2568-8262. This 19th-century imperial palace is now home to the National Zoo and Museum. The beautiful grounds are a great place to take the family for an escape from the city.  edit
  • Museu Nacional, Avenida Bartolomeu de Gusmão - São Cristóvão (in Quinta da Boa Vista Park), 21 2562-6900, [5]. Brazil's national natural history museum, with dinosaur fossils and lots of mounted tanned animals; go there if you want to see a jaguar without getting into the jungle. It was formerly the Emperor's Palace R$ 3.00; children 6-10, R$ 1.00; children 0-5 and seniors 60+, free.  edit
  • Rio de Janeiro Zoo, Parque Quinta da Boa Vista - São Cristóvão‎, 21 3878-4200, [6]. If you won't be making it to the Amazon or the Pantanal, this is a good place to see some of Brazil's more exotic creatures.  edit
  • Train Museum (Museu do Trem), Rua Arquias Cordeiro 1046 - Engenho de Dentro, 21 2269-5545, [7]. Tu-F 10.00 to 12.00 and 13:30 to 16.00; Sat 13.00-17.00. A modest collection of 19th century engines, train cars used by emperors and presidents, and streetcars .  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Rock climbing. Many climbers take on the 444-meter Pedra do Andaraí, located inside Grajaú State Park. See the See section for details.  edit

Samba schools[edit]

  • Mangueira, Rua Visconde de Niterói, 1072 - Mangueira, +55(21) 3872-6786 (, fax: +55(21) 2567-4637), [8]. Rehearsals every Saturday, 10PM.  edit
  • Salgueiro, Rua Silva Teles, 104 - Andaraí, +55(21) 2238-9258 (), [9]. Rehearsals every Wednesday, 8PM.  edit
  • Unidos de Vila Isabel, Boulevard 28 de Setembro 382 - Vila Isabel, 21 3181-4869, [10]. Founded in 1948, the city's fastest-growing samba school is now the third largest.  edit
  • Unidos da Tijuca, Avenida Francisco Bicalho, 47, Santo Cristo, 21 2518-3957, [11]. Conceived in 1931.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Norte Shopping, Avenida Dom Helder Câmara 5474 - Cachambi, 21 2178-4444, [12]. The largest shopping mall in the Zona Norte, with two food courts, cinemas, and a range of stores and restaurants.  edit
  • Feira Nordestina, Associacao Do Feirante da Feira de São Cristóvão, 21 2570-53335, [13]. A great place to shop with plenty of stalls selling all sorts of food, textiles and local goods. Also a good place to get a taste of Brazilian culture from the northeast. Food, dance and music tantalize all the senses. R$ 1.  edit
  • Madureira Market (Mercadão de Madureira), (just next to the Zoo). A popular market where there are cheap bars and restaurants, plus little shops selling everything you can imagine, including everything you need for Afro-Brazilian rituals (statues, candles, food and animals). Not usually visited by gringos, but still an interesting place if you want to see how normal people live and have fun outside the Zona Sul.  edit
  • Nova América Outlet Shopping, Avenida Pastor Martin Luther King Júnior 126 - Inhaúma (Metrô Del Castilho has a direct passage to the mall), 21 2583-1033‎. One of the cheaper malls in the city.  edit
  • Shopping Iguatemi, Rua Barão de São Francisco 236 - Vila Isabel, 21 2577-8777, [14]. Large shopping mall with 210 stores.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Adega Carne-de-Sol do Peixto, Rua Barão de Mesquita 616 - Tijuca, 21 2288-6002‎. As the name suggests they are best at carne-de-sol. They have a full menu of typical Brazilian food in good-sized helpings.  edit
  • Adegão Português, Campo Do Sao Cristovão 212 (near Sao Cristovão bus station), +55 (21) 2580-7288. 11AM - 11PM Daily. This hole-in-the-wall joint has fantastic food that has attracted fans for over four decades. Lamb with vegetables and potatoes is a must-try.  edit
  • Fiorino Bar e Restaurante, Avenida Heitor Beltrão 126 - Tijuca (near the west end of Rua Haddock Lobo). Good-quality Italian restaurant with reasonable prices. Note that they do not accept credit cards. 21 2567-3386‎.  edit
  • Petisco da Vila, Av. 28 de Setembro 238 - Vila Isabel, 21 2576-5652, [15]. Su-Th 9AM-3AM, F-Sa 9AM-4AM. This restaurant has for decades been the haunt of famous bohemian composers and poets such as Noel Rosa and Martinho da Vila. It remains the hotspot of Vila Isabel, with daily buffets, and feijoada on Saturdays. It also holds the distinction of having the highest annual draft beer sales of any restaurant in Brazil. Accepts Visa.  edit
  • Restaurante Quinta da Boa Vista, Av. Pedro II - São Cristóvão (in Quinta da Boa Vista Park, in front of the zoo), +55 (21) 2589-4279, [16]. 10AM - 6PM. Fine dining in what used to be the chapel for the Imperial Palace. The food is a fantastic display of traditional Brazilian cuisine with formal service.  edit
  • Restaurante Salete, Rua Afonso Pena 189 - Tijuca, 21 2264-5163 / 2214-0408. Famous for its shrimp risoto and empadinhas. Delivery available. Accepts credit cards.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • The Choice, Rua Melo e Souza 110 - São Cristóvão, 21 2580-4101, [17]. Gay and lesbian nightclub.  edit
  • Pa Pa G, Travessa Almerinda Freitas 42 - Madureira, 21 2450-1253, [18]. Gay and lesbian nightclub.not  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Luxor Hotel Aeroporto, inside Galeão International Airport, 3rd floor, Sector B, 21 3222-9700 or +1 800 282-2070. A good place to stay if you arrive late to Rio or are leaving early in the morning. Clean rooms with all the convenience of being within the airport. Rooms have no windows. R$ 339 single.  edit
  • Pousada Galeão, inside Galeão International Airport, 1st floor, Arrivals Sector, 21 3398-3848. Only has 15 rooms for those who are stuck in the airport. Rooms have TV, telephone and air conditioning but no windows. R$ 150.  edit


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