Exploring the New Centro and Port Zone of Rio de Janeiro

Primarily only thought of as an area to work or conduct business, today, Rio’s commercial district of Centro is revitalized and is now a must-see stop on any tourist’s itinerary.

By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In the run up to the mega-spectacle that was the Rio 2016 Olympics, perhaps no neighborhood in the Cidade Maravilhosa was given a greater facelift than Rio de Janeiro’s commercial district, Centro.

Thanks mainly to the immense Porto Maravilha project, which revitalized the area’s Port Zone, Centro, often thought of in the past as a place to do business rather than sightsee, has now become a must-see tourist destination for its historical landmarks, sophisticated cultural activities, charming squares and waterfront views.

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