TAP Portugal  


Near the docks of Rio de Janeiro is an old neighbourhood that between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries was filled with aristocratic palaces. A place full of history that conceals the memories of a once colonial slave-trading Brazil. The neighbourhood of Gamboa is the birthplace of samba and the birthplace of the first favela.

No one would say that an area that was once full of mansions, would now be transformed into a grey patch, poor and surrounded by hills. Some people already call it the Nova Lapa because it is being totally revitalized for the 2014 World Cup. Some warehouses will be transformed into shopping centres and there are art galleries, contemporary art exhibitions and events that begin to gradually change the port region. Monday nights are samba nights at the Pedra do Sal (at the foot of the Morro da Conceição), led by the group Batuque na Cozinha. It is advisable to go and come back by taxi. Another location not to be missed is the bohemian neighbourhood of Santa Teresa, known for historical buildings and the trams running the streets. With nineteenth-century mansions, it was the stronghold of the Carioca elite in the past, and is again in demand by the elite as they try to pacify the neighbouring slums. We recommend a visit to restaurants of home-made food and craft shops. Not to be missed is, without a doubt, a night out in the Lapa district. With a unique environment in Rio, be sure to visit the Carioca da Gema, with live music, and the most fantastic bar in the whole of the city, the Rio Scenarium.