Exploring Afro Brazilian Culture and Heritage in Rio de Janeiro

From Omolokum's delicious dishes in the Port Zone, to the "roda de samba" at Quilombo do Grotão, in Niterói, get ready to discover authentic African culture in Rio.

By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On July 9th, the Valongo Wharf, in Rio's Port Zone, was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Being the largest entry point for African slaves in the Americas, "Cais do Valongo" (its name in Portuguese) is a monument to Rio as an epicenter of the Afro Brazilian culture.

With over 85 million self-declared black people, Brazil is the country with the highest number of Afro-descendants in the Americas. The Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?