South zone in Rio de Janeiro

Copacabana está en la zona sur de Río de Janeiro

What’s up, everyone? Today A Dica do Dia is bursting with culture for you!

The city of Rio de Janeiro is divided into three distinct areas, we call these ‘zones’: South Zone (Zona Sul), North Zone (Zona Norte) and West Zone (Zona Oeste). Let’s talk about the South Zone in Rio de Janeiro! Have you heard anything about it?

The South zone is the most affluent zone in the city and it’s also home to our biggest celebrities. In this neighborhood we can find the most famous beaches in Rio de Janeiro, the largest hotels, the well known tourist spots seen on postcards, and of course, Rio & Learn, which is in Copacabana, the most famous neighborhood in the South Zone.

Tourism sites in Rio de Janeiro

There are a lot of tourism sites in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro. So take a look at the list we made for you! How many of them have you already visited?

South Zone in Rio de Janeiro. O Pão de açúcar fica na Urca

The South Zone has some tall buildings, cool bars and interesting places to visit. It’s common to see Zona Sul residents, running around Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, in the morning or shopping at Feira Hippie in Ipanema. There are metro stations in almost every neighborhood and so it’s really easy to move around this part of the city.

South Zone in Rio de Janeiro. Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas

Neighborhoods in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro

Now that you know what to do there, let’s see a list of the names of the neighborhoods that make up the South Zone:

  • Botafogo
  • Catete
  • Copacabana
  • Cosme Velho
  • Flamengo
  • Gávea
  • Glória
  • Humaitá
  • Ipanema
  • Jardim Botânico
  • Lagoa
  • Leblon
  • Laranjeiras
  • Leme
  • Rocinha
  • Urca
  • São Conrado
  • Vidigal

Quick tip: If you want to eat and incredible Syrian food and explore the zones in Rio de Janeiro, you must go to Rotisseria Sírio Libanesa at Catete!

Beaches in the South Zone

We know that you love our beaches. We love them too! So, here’s a list of the beaches in the South Zone in Rio de Janeiro for you to visit them all:

The beaches of Botafogo and Flamengo are located in the South Zone but are as good as the others because they are beaches inside the Guanabara Bay, where the water is not as fresh, the others are ocean beaches. But despite this you should still go, the views are amazing!

Curiosities about the South Zone

  • In the New Year, people usually go to Copacabana beach to see the fireworks spectacle.
  • People who live in the South Zone usually go to the shopping mall in flip flops.
  • The name of the neighborhood Ipanema comes from its founder, Baron of Ipanema.
  • Leblon has the most expensive rent and is known as the Neighborhood of the Cultural Elite.
  • In the South Zone people would rather have an apartment than a house.

Vocabulary list

South Zone Zona Sul
North Zone Zona Norte
West Zone Zona Oeste
Most affluent zone Zona mais nobre
Beaches Praias
Hotels Hotéis
Postcards Cartões postais
Neighborhood Bairro
Tourism site Zona turística
Buildings Prédios
Bars Bares
Residents Residentes
Metro stations Estações de metrô
New Year Ano novo
Fireworks Fogos de artifício
Flip flops Chinelos
 Neighborhood of the Cultural Elite Bairro da elite cultural

That’s it!
Now you know more about the South Zone in Rio de Janeiro, so if you want to see it in person, come to Rio & Learn and we’ll visit many of these places together while learning Portuguese. What do you say?

We see each other in the next Dica, guys!

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Click on the links below to see more related Dicas

States and Regions of Brazil
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History of Rio de Janeiro
How to be a Carioca

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