West Zone in Rio de Janeiro

Zona Oeste de Río de Janeiro. El Museu de las Artes está en Barra da Tijuca.

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On our Dica today we are going to learn more Rio de Janeiro. Have you heard abou the West Zone in Rio de Janeiro?

West Zone in Rio de Janeiro

The west zone, which has a large number of neighborhoods, is the largest zone in Rio de Janeiro however, it’s the least touristic zone. It’s an area also known for its huge buildings and constructions located in Barra da Tijuca, a high and medium-high class neighborhood in which we can find the Cidade das Artes. Besides Barra da Tijuca, there are also other neighborhoods that have large buildings such as Campo Grande, Recreio dos Bandeirantes and also Jacarepaguá. One of the most significant results of these large buildings are the long traffic jams during the rush hour.

Touristic places in West Zone

The west zone has lots of touristic places. Let’s get to know, among them, some paradisiac beaches. Come with us!

[one_half]Floresta da Tijuca
Museu Aeroespacial
Museu Casa do Pontal
Museu da Seleção Brasileira
Ecomuseu de Santa Cruz
Parque Fazenda Restinga
Parque Natural Municipal Bosque da Barra
Parque Natural Municipal Chico Mendes
Parque Natural Municipal da Prainha[/one_half][one_half_last]Praia da Barra da Tijuca
Praia de Grumari
Praia da Joatinga
Praia da Macumba
Praia do Pepê
Praia do Pontal
Praia do Recreio dos Bandeirantes
Sítio Roberto Burle Marx[/one_half_last]


Neighborhood of the West Zone in Rio de Janeiro

As well as south zone, the west zone has a large number of foreigners due to the amazing location with beautiful beaches and also because of the many companies and industries that are located there, especially in Barra da Tijuca.

Barra da Tijuca
Barra de Guaratiba
Campo dos Afonsos
Campo Grande
Cidade de Deus
Freguesia de Jacarepaguá
Gardênia Azul
Jardim Sulacap
Joá[/one_half][one_half_last]Magalhães Bastos
Padre Miguel
Pedra de Guaratiba
Praça Seca
Recreio dos Bandeirantes
Santa Cruz
Senador Camará
Senador Vasconcelos
Vargem Grande
Vargem Pequena
Vila Militar
Vila Valqueire
Vila Kennedy[/one_half_last]


Curiosities about the West Zone

  1. The Samba school Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel, which is part of the Grupo Especial, is located in the West Zone.
  2. An alluvium or deposit of sand sediment, gravel or mud is called Barra in Portuguese. The word Tijuca comes from the Tupi language and means rotten water, therefore, Barra da Tijuca means rotten water alluvium.
  3. The name of the neighborhood Camorim also comes from the Tupi language and means woods full of mosquitoes.
  4. Cidade de Deus, the same neighborhood that gave origin to the movie Cidade de Deus, has street names based on the Old Testamant.
  5. Grumari is the last natural and preserved area in the Carioca coast.
  6. The neighborhood of Paciência received this name because Dom Pedro I used to stop his caravan there, when he traveled, to meet some women. The soildier then called the place Field of the Patience.
  7. The neighborhood of Bangu used to have a fabric factory whose owners were English. Nowadays the factory is a shopping center, the Bangu Shopping.

Guys, that’s it! We hope you enjoyed our Dica about the West Zone in Rio de Janeiro.
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