The Waters and Islands of Guanabara Bay

By Peter Janos Kurz. From the time of native Tupi-speaking Tamoio Indians to today’s age of cosmopolitan visitors, Baia de Guanabara’s more than 15 major islands have provided fascinating places from which to view Rio’s magnetic outline.


Mistreating Rio’s Trees

One of Rio’s most attractive features is its trees. The city is covered with them, though the number of species used for the streets is limited, whereas Rio’s Jardim Botânico has over 6000 species of trees and plants.

The English Cemetery and the “Porto Maravilha”

The Porto Maravilha project intends to restructure this historical district of Rio de Janeiro and one of its key gateways.

Gardens and Gunpowder

Visitors are sometimes puzzled by the ruins of a gunpowder factory nestling among the flamboyant vegetation.

Rio’s Hills and Landfills

The convent and church sit on top of what remains of Morro de Santo Antonio

Rua do Lavradio and other streets of Rio

Not far from the famous Lapa Arches, the ancient aqueduct that once brought much needed water to the center of the then small city of Rio de Janeiro, and today carries the tramline… Continue reading

Rio’s Waterworks

The other day a friend of mine, a colleague from our choir, launched his second book at the Livraria Travessa, in Shopping Leblon. His name is Victor Coelho, and he worked all his… Continue reading

Falling over in Rio

  I was once strolling along the prom in Leblon, admiring some of the new work on the paving stones (pedra portuguesa), when I bumped into an old friend. He told me not… Continue reading

Rio’s Bridges

  Have you noticed the bridges sprouting up all over Rio recently? The lack of good public transport, and the coming of major events in 2014 and 2016 has finally nudged the authorities… Continue reading

Have you ever been to Vidigal?

I have passed Vidigal dozens of times, driving between Sao Conrado and Leblon, but I never imagined actually going up into the favela-community.