Rio de Janeiro has six million inhabitants in an area that covers over a million square kilometers. Each area in this complex city has different characteristics. There are highly urbanized areas, green and wealthy neighborhoods, as well as poor areas. We have mansions and shantytowns, hills, woods, lakes and oceans. All told, it is an immense plethora of different characteristics and people, which together form what we know as the Cidade Maravilhosa.
Since the city covers such a large territory, with different uses and characteristics, it was divided into administrative areas, which are then further divided into neighborhoods and sub-neighborhoods. The famous South Zone holds the most visited tourist attractions, international fame and a major part of the city’s wealth. The North Zone, with its ongoing problems and little known attractions, is home to the majority of the population. The West Zone is undergoing incredible expansion, with many projects and proposed developments in beach areas or pristine nature. Finally, the Central Zone, Rio’s historical area, gives the metropolis its rhythm. It is where most businesses have their headquarters and where we eagerly await the promised revitalization of the Port area.