Quick guide for enjoying Rio during the event

 

On the bustling Barra da Tijuca you will find the Windsor Barra Hotel, where the 2018-Working Toward the Future Interim Meeting takes place. Next to beautiful beaches, ecological reservations, shopping malls and great restaurants, the hotel's privileged location promises the attendees of the event a rich variety of attractions to enjoy the best of Rio de Janeiro.

Barra da Tijuca is among the best regions to enjoy the natural beauties that make Rio de Janeiro  famous. Despite the prestige of the sands of the South Zone of Rio, the truth is that the West Zone of Rio offers  fantastic beaches, from the most urban to the wild ones. From the hotel, it is only a few steps to get to the edge of Barra, which is almost 18 km long, and where you can find several kiosks to relax and enjoy the sun. The beach lounges at Pepê Beach - a 20-minute walk from the hotel- are among the busiest. The wild beaches of Joatinga, Reserva, Prainha, Abricó and Grumari are also good bets. If you want a bit of adventure and beautiful views, it is worth trying the trails of Pedra Bonita, Pedra da Gávea and Pedra do Telégrafo.

You can find good restaurants on Avenida Érico Veríssimo , a traditional gastronomic  adress in Barra. The  food courts of malls  Barra Shopping , New York City Center, Village Mall and Downtown Shopping  also offer many interesting alternatives, including branches of restaurants of great chefs from Brazil and the world. A more peaceful choice is the Itanhangá Center, a small mall with restaurants, on the road between Barra da Tijuca and Alto da Boa Vista. There you find the vegetarian Organic Orchard and the Japanese Manekineko.

There are also good options for cultural activities in the region, such as the Casa do Pontal Museum, home to an incredible collection of Brazilian folk art and the City of Arts (check out show schedule online), the neighborhood's first cultural center. But the Burle Marx site is the most unforgettable tour. Residence of the famous Brazilian landscaper until 1994, the year of his death, the venue holds a botanical collection with about three thousand five hundred cultivated species, with emphasis on tropical plants. To enjoy the night, Olegário Maciel is the right spot. With several bars, the street is lively, especially on Friday and Saturday nights.

And it is not because the participants of the event are staying in Barra that they can not visit other neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro.  The newly arrived subway line to Barra da Tijuca facilitates trips and leaves visitors closer to the attractions of the South Zone and downtown. Rio's postcards, especially Corcovado  and Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf), are always a must-see. For the South Zone, the pastel and beer combo on Urca's wall (almost an extension of the Urca Bar and Restaurant) promises a pleasant afternoon. Among other great attractions are the Café do Forte, at the Fort of Copacabana, surrounded by a wonderfull view of Copacabana Beach, with the Sugar Loaf in the background.

In the center of Rio, Colombo Brasserie is symbol of the city, as well as the beautiful building of the Municipal Theater. But the greatest downtown attraction is now the Olympic Boulevard, which includes the museums of the renewed Plaza Mauá - Museum of Art of Rio and Museum of Tomorrow - and the Etnias Wall, by the artist Eduardo Kobra.

Rio awaits you with open arms. Enjoy it!

 

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