Exploring the Best Parks and Recreation Areas in Rio

From Zona Norte to Zona Sul, the most delightful parks can be found in Rio, including the former residence of the Brazil's royal family.

By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Apart from its spectacular beaches, mountains and waterfalls, Rio has a lot to offer when it comes to nice, tropical forrest areas. From São Cristóvão, in Zona Norte (North Zone), to Gávea, in Zona Sul (South Zone), there are a number of parks worth visiting, either for a picnic with friends or for exercising.

Little known among visitors, and even many Cariocas, Parque da Cidade is a great option for a pleasant walk in a chilled wooded area. Situated in Gávea, at the Santa Marinha Road . . .

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