Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro
When Rio was the capital of Brazil, Botafogo was the location of most of the embassies. The neighbourhood's old mansions were thus spared destruction which preserved the area's old charms. It remains today as a high end residential area located between Copacabana, Flamengo and Pão de Açucar (Sugarloaf Mountain). Botafogo has a beautiful small beach with excellent views of Sugarloaf, yet it is eerily empty. The reason is its highly polluted waters, so the beach is excellent for strolls and maybe sunbathing, but not for swimming. Its proximity to a busy road may also deter people.
Flamengo and Botafogo two very populated neighborhood of Rio, two middle class districts on the Guanabara Bay. In Flamengo you can see the famous Flamengo's Park, locally known as Aterro do Flamengo, curious to figure out that it was once a settlement for the dutch, that is why the name FLAMENGO coming from "flemish"; and Botafogo, once it was a farm belonging to a man with surname BOTAFOGO, now it is one of the most important commercial centre in the city and famous middle class district!
August 14th, 2005
Botafogo is one the places where I spent most of my time. The course I was attending took place in Centro Empresarial Botafogo. And I can tell you, by experience, that this area has good stuff to offer.
To start with, its coastline to Guanabara bay is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. Exercising or just walking along the Praia de Botafogo avenue is one of the most delightful pleasures you cannot miss during the day
Secondly, it is well connected by bus and by metro, being easy to reach either from the north or from the south. It has also plenty of options for nice and cheap lodging, compared to those of Copacabana or Flamengo, which are nearby.
It also has good shopping options, like Botafogo Praia Shopping, with stores, cinemas and restaurants from which you get a stunning view of the bay.
Just a con of this place: as tempting as it may be, don't get into the shiny-blue waters of Botafogo beach to swim. Unfortunately the waters of Guanabara Bay are one of the most contaminated, and are not suitable for swimming. However, you can rent boats to get a ride to the bay.
A enseada de Botafogo e um lugar bem legal, na foto ela aparece com o Pao de Acucar ao fundo, uma dica para observar essa vista maravilhosa, é ir ao restaurante Kotobuki no Botafogo Praia Shopping
In the picture you see Botafogo´s Cove, with the Suga Loaf behind it, here goes a tip, if you to see this beautifull landscape, you should go to the Kotobuki restaurant at Botafogo Praia Shopping
Wedged between Flamengo and the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema is Botafogo, a mostly business oriented neighborhood that has a few museums including the Museum of the Indians. I didn't spend any time here other than a quick stop at one of Rio's biggest shopping malls, Shopping Rio Sul.
A traditional neighborhood located between the historical Flamengo-Downtown strip and the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. Years ago, many mansions were built in the area and most have been turned over to private clinics or schools. In addition to a colorful nightlife, this is the center of cultural activities such as museums and theatres. Great shopping at one of Rio's shopping malls, RioSul plus numerous outlets and discount stores.
The sidewalk running along Botafogo Beach in front of the bay of the same name offers one of the loveliest views of the city, with Urca Hill and Sugarloaf right at the entrance to the Guanabara Bay. In the foreground, the boats and sails of the Yacht Club add life and color to the scene. A favorite venue for shows and concerts drawing lively crowds, its facilities include a cycle path and bicycle racks for visitors.The best view to see the beautifull scenery is from Botafogo Praia Shopping´s Terrace , worth a visit ,after or before movie!!!
Everyone who goes to Rio will see the Pau de Açucar, but hopefully you will get to see it with a full moon rising, and being reflected on Botafogo bay. The water at Botafogo Beach is not fit to swim in, but the view from the top of Sugar Loaf is wonderful.
Anyone who has seen the James Bond flick will be pleased to hear that there is no guy up there with really strong teeth, but you will not need this type of excitement to feel the exhiliration of the high-speed cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf. As you ascend at what seems like an impossible angle, the earth literally falls away from you, so quickly that you wish you had more time to enjoy the changing scenery.
A HELICOPTER TOUR.
The chopper sets off from a helipad in the side of Pao de Acucar to take you on a roughly 10 minute flight above Botafogo, around Cristo Redentor, then on to Ipanema and Copacabana...
I didn't take this tour the first time I was in Rio. I am happy to have remedied this situation - you're missing out on a lot if you leave this out!