North Zone of Rio de Janeiro

El Maracaná está en la Zona Norte de Río de Janeiro.

Hello galera! How are you?
Today we have another Dica full of culture for you! We will talk about the North Zone of Rio de Janeiro.

To begin, Rio’s North Zone, or suburb as it is also known, is characterized by its older architecture. It is the home of the Maracanã Stadium, of several samba schools, and also the Galeão airport. By the way, the North Zone of Rio de Janeiro is the Rio that does not appear on the postcards, however its beauty and culture are unique. Ready to get to know a little more about it?

Tourist attractions in Rio de Janeiro’s North Zone

The touristic spots of the North Zone characterize the beautiful attributes of the suburbs, and also appeals to many tourists. Let’s see some of them!

Maracanã

Maracanã Stadium, better known as Maraca, is the most important place for Brazilian football. It opened in July of 1950 and it’s a place filled with memories and history. It is located in the Maracanã Neighborhood, suburb of Rio de Janeiro. Two finals of the World Cup were hosted there, and it was where Pelé made his 1,000th goal.

Floresta da Tijuca

Floresta da Tijuca is located in the Parque Nacional da Tijuca. It’s the largest urban forest in the world. It has a variety of trails with different routes, levels of difficulty, and duration, and many waterfalls. You can see amazing views and learn a lot about history while enjoying the nature. You can visit, for example, the Pico da Tijuca or Pedra da Gávea, take a bath at Cachoeira do Horto, and enjoy the view at Vista Chinesa.

Salgueiro

A place of samba and carnival, Salgueiro Court is where music and joy mix. Salgueiro’s Samba School is located in Andaraí and is one of the most famous Samba schools in Brazil. It was created in Morro do Salgueiro, a favela in Tijuca, suburb of Rio de Janeiro. In addition to that, Salgueiro has nine champion titles of the Special group of Rio Carnival, and has never been demoted from the Special group. Besides studying Portuguese with us, we can also take you to visit Salgueiro.

Mangueira

Mangueira is another Samba school that is very famous in the Brazilian carnival. It is located in the north zone of Rio de Janeiro in a neighborhood called Mangueira, and it was the first school that created a wing of composers including women. The school won an exclusive Super Championship, offered in the year of 1984, at the opening of the Sambódromo. In fact, Morro da Mangueira was its birthplace.

Quinta da Boa Vista

Quinta da Boa Vista is a municipal park in the Imperial District of São Cristóvão, located in the North zone of the city. It is the headquarters of the zoo of Rio de Janeiro. It was the official residence of the Royal family in 1808 until the proclamation of the Republic in 1889. In this huge park and peaceful place you can relax and study Portuguese in Rio. The zoo of Rio de Janeiro is also there.

Finally, take a look at other places in the suburb of Rio de Janeiro:

Important suggestion: When talking about suburbs of Rio de Janeiro, always do research about the places before you go and sometimes it is better to go with a guide due to the possible danger of some places, mainly in Salgueiro and Mangueira.

Neighborhoods of the North Zone

The North Zone of Rio de Janeiro is an area that does not attract many tourists for accommodation, only for visitation, except for Tijuca that is a middle class neighborhood and that presents medium to large sized companies. Now, let’s see the list of neighborhoods in the North Zone of Rio, but be careful! It is much bigger than the South Zone!

Abolição Acari Água Santa Alto da Boa Vista Anchieta
Andaraí Bancários Barros Filho Bento Ribeiro Bonsucesso
Brás de Pina Cachambi Cacuia Campinho Cascadura
Cavalcante Cidade Universitária Cocotá Coelho Neto Colégio
Complexo do Alemão Cordovil Costa Barros Del Castilho Engenho da Rainha
Engenheiro Leal Engenho de Dentro Encantado Engenho Novo Freguesia
Galeão Grajaú Guadalupe Higienópolis Honório Gurgel
Inhaúma Irajá Jardim América Jacarezinho Jardim Carioca
Jacaré Jardim Guanabara Lins de Vasconcelos Madureira Manguinhos
Maracanã Maré Marechal Hermes Maria da Graça Méier
Moneró Olaria Oswaldo Cruz Parada de Lucas Parque Anchieta
Parque Colúmbia Pavuna Penha Piedade Pilares
Pitangueiras Portuguesa Praia da Bandeira Quintino Bocaiúva Ramos
Riachuelo Ribeira Ricardo de Albuquerque Rocha Rocha Miranda
Sampaio São Francisco Xavier Tauá Tijuca Todos os Santos
Tomás Coelho Turiaçu Vaz Lobo Vicente de Carvalho Vila da Penha
Vigário Geral Vila Kosmos Vista Alegre Vila Isabel Zumbi

Curiosities about the north zone of Rio de Janeiro

In Tijuca there is a great gastronomic focal point, which ends up attracting many people to drink a cold beer and eat wonderful snacks on the weekends.

The Cachambi neighborhood has its name from indigenous origin. It means grass, as it used to be a region of large fields.

The Governador Island, where there is the Galeão Airport, was once considered a neighborhood, but today it is a region where 14 of the neighborhoods of the North Zone are.

In Madureira there is the famous Mercadão de Madureira. It is a popular market that attracts many tourists because of its prices and the quantity of products it sells.

Finally, in Ramos there is a public saltwater swimming pool called Piscinão de Ramos.

Get a student visa for Brazil and come visit the neighborhoods that make up the suburb of Rio and then tell us what you think of each one of them!

Until next time, guys!
Strong hug from Rio & Learn.

Ler esta Dica em Português         Leer esta Dica en Español           
Click on the links below to see more related Dicas
South Zone of Rio de Janeiro
How to be a Carioca
Ramos beach in Rio de Janeiro
History of Rio de Janeiro

This post is also available in: English Português (Portuguese) Español (Spanish)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Search for Portuguese Dicas

Tell us which Portuguese lesson you would like to learn

 

Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Post Type Selectors

Suscribe to A Dica do Dia.

Get free Portuguese lessons. Subscribe to A Dica do Dia and get short, daily lessons in Portuguese completely free.

EXCELLENT rating
Based on 321 reviews
I’ve just started online classes with Prof. Ana Carolina & she is the absolute best! It’s my first time learning Portuguese and I was speaking full sentences in the first class. Obrigada!
Katie Andrews
Katie Andrews
2023-12-14
Small classes, diverse accents, and engaging professors make Rio & Learn Online a fantastic choice! I've been thrilled with my experience at Rio & Learn Online so far. The small class sizes (around 1-3 others students) allow for personalized attention and plenty of opportunities to practice speaking. What's more, having different professors throughout the program exposes you to various accents, preparing you for real-world interactions. I opted for the full-time program, which involves 2 hours of daily learning from Monday to Friday. After just over 12 weeks, I can confidently say my Portuguese has improved dramatically. The professors are incredibly engaging and encourage students to utilize real-life examples, solidifying the learning process. While I'm only halfway through the program, I'm confident in recommending Rio & Learn Online to anyone seeking to learn Portuguese in a supportive and effective environment. I've gone from being a complete beginner (only knowing hi and bye) to holding conversations - and I'm excited to see how much further I can progress! I'll be back with another review after completing the program, but for now: Rio & Learn Online - highly recommended!
Mona Hinamanu
Mona Hinamanu
2023-12-12
I have been taking Portuguese classes with Rio and Learn for a few months. I appreciate their methodology. It is enjoyable and I am challenged and improving every day!
Bryan Beaver
Bryan Beaver
2023-12-12
My teachers Lucas, Ana Paula and Paulo were all excellent as well as very friendly and funny. It was a really enjoyable experience and I met loads of interesting new people.
David Smith
David Smith
2023-12-11
Rio & Learn e um novo jeito de ensinar a lingua portuguesa. Puro prazer e muito eficiente. Quanto mais alunos na aula mais vida. Eu aconselho voces escolher as aulas grupais por porque sao interativas: rir, falar, argumentar, compartir uma lingua!
Dominique Jacquin
Dominique Jacquin
2023-12-06
Après 3 semaines que je suis dans cette école et je peux déjà parler portugais. Certe avec des erreurs mais j'ai fait des progrès fulgurant. En plus, du Lundi au Vendredi l'ecole propose des activitées qu'il appelle "Rio Live" ce qui permet de visiter en même temps Rio tout en parlant Portugais et de rencontrer des gens😃 Toute l'équipe est genial et est prêts à aider si besoin 😁
YOAN REMIA
YOAN REMIA
2023-12-05
I've been taking the group online courses with Rio&Learn for 2 months. They offer a fantastic way to learn Portuguese and get speaking practice if you don't live in Brazil. The teachers are engaging and are able to adjust their level of Portuguese to whatever level you are at. Obrigado!
Jake H
Jake H
2023-12-04
C'est vraiment fantastique...RioAndLearn. Les cours de portugais...ça vaut vraiment la peine. Les cours ont lieu du lundi au vendredi, (de 9h à 13h) et en après midi, ce sont des activités libres en groupe. (Soccer de plage, volleyball , excursions, visites des lieux touristiques, etc) Vendredi soir, on est allé à Lapa, un quartier nocturne de Rio. C'est quelque chose à voir! Des rues bondées de monde, des orchestres, des discothèques...Allô les décibels! L'apprentissage du portugais se fait en immersion, aussi bien en salle de classe que dans les activités extérieures organisées par Rio&Learn. On est plongé dans la langue portugaise et la culture Brésilienne.... Obligé de parler portugais....🫡 Je le recommande. Pierre Pedro, Montréal, Canada
M54 “M5454” 54
M54 “M5454” 54
2023-12-03