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Quinta da Boa Vista

Explore Brazil’s oldest zoo and Latin America’s largest natural history museum or just  do as the locals do and relax on the sunny lawns of this iconic park.

Rio residents love to lie on the sloped lawns of Quinta da Boa Vista (Park of the Nice View), one of Rio’s most popular public parks. Relax with locals on the grassy hills surrounding the lake before exploring the park’s other attractions, the Rio Zoo and the National Museum (Museu Nacional).

Explore the park’s open areas, where popular concerts take place during the summer. The park’s lake features an island crowned by a small, Greco-Roman-style structure called the Temple of Apollo. Take the narrow bridge out to the island to stand amongst the pillars, or rent a swan-shaped paddle boat and float across the water.

The main feature of the park is the huge neoclassical structure of São Cristóvão Palace. A long, tree-lined boulevard and a neatly landscaped garden lead up to the palace’s façade, which housed the imperial family of Brazil until the First Brazilian Republic was established in 1889.

From 1892 until today, the palace has housed the National Museum, which features exhibitions on natural history and anthropology. Tour the museum to see marvels like the 5.4-ton (4.9-tonne) meteorite that is the largest ever to be found in Brazil. And be sure to see “Luzia”, which at an estimated 11,000 years old, is the oldest human skeleton to be uncovered in Latin America. There is a small admission fee to enter the museum.

Visit the Rio de Janeiro Zoo to the park’s west. It’s the oldest zoo in Brazil. See Amazon-specific creatures like the blue macaw alongside typical zoo species like elephants and giraffes. At the entrance to the zoo, you will find a magnificent neoclassical gate that once stood before the São Cristóvão Palace.

On the park’s north edge, find a restaurant situated in what was once the chapel of the palace. Here, you can sample from traditional Brazilian delights like Bahian fish stew.

Quinta da Boa Vista is located in the northern part of Rio de Janeiro, just north of Maracanã Stadium. Both bus lines and a metro line stops just south of the park. Parking is available for a fee on the park’s grounds.


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Hotel São Cristóvão
Hotel São Cristóvão

Hotel São Cristóvão

Rua Sao Cristovao, 81, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
     
    2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Zona Norte, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Maracana Stadium and within 3 mi (5 km) of Sao Januario Stadium and AquaRio. Museum of Tomorrow and Arcos da Lapa are also within 3 mi (5 km). Rio de Janeiro Sao Cristovao Station is 9 minutes by foot and Rio de Janeiro Flag Square Station is 9 minutes.

    OYO Arena Maracanã ¥2,802
    OYO Arena Maracanã

    OYO Arena Maracanã

    64, Avenida Paula Sousa, 64, Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Zona Norte, this hostel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Maracana Stadium and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Sambodrome. Arcos da Lapa and Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Gallant Hotel ¥3,705
      Gallant Hotel

      Gallant Hotel

      Rua Joaquim Palhares, 411, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Zona Norte, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Quinta da Boa Vista and Sambodrome. Maracana Stadium and Arcos da Lapa are also within 3 mi (5 km). Estacio Station is 6 minutes by foot and Rio de Janeiro Flag Square Station is 6 minutes.

        Saionara Hotel ¥3,936
        Saionara Hotel

        Saionara Hotel

        Rua do Matoso, 11, Praça da Bandeira, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Zona Norte, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Quinta da Boa Vista, Maracana Stadium, and Sambodrome. Arcos da Lapa and Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro are also within 3 mi (5 km). Rio de Janeiro Flag Square Station is only a 3-minute walk and New Town Station is 11 minutes.

          Maracanã Hostel Vila Isabel
          Maracanã Hostel Vila Isabel

          Maracanã Hostel Vila Isabel

          Rua Professor Eurico Rabelo, 16, Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Zona Norte, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shopping Tijuca and Maracana Stadium. Sambodrome is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away. Maracana Station is 13 minutes by foot and St. Francis Xavier Station is 14 minutes.

            Américas Granada Hotel ¥4,399
            Américas Granada Hotel

            Américas Granada Hotel

            Avenida Gomes Freire, 530 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Lapa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Arcos da Lapa and Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro. National Library (Biblioteca Nacional) and Museum of Modern Art are also within 1 mi (2 km). Carioca Station is 13 minutes by foot and Presidente Vargas Station is 13 minutes.

              Hostel Varandas do Maracanã ¥1,648
              Hostel Varandas do Maracanã

              Hostel Varandas do Maracanã

              R. Prof. Euríco Rabêlo 125, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Zona Norte, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shopping Tijuca and Maracana Stadium. Sambodrome is 2.5 mi (4 km) away. Maracana Station is 10 minutes by foot and Rio de Janeiro Maracana Station is 9 minutes.

                Quintal do Maracana Hostel
                Quintal do Maracana Hostel

                Quintal do Maracana Hostel

                Rua Visconde de Itamarati, 25, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Zona Norte, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shopping Tijuca and Maracana Stadium. Sambodrome is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away. Maracana Station is 13 minutes by foot and Rio de Janeiro Maracana Station is 13 minutes.