20021-140 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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NileGuide Expert tip:
Although Parque do Flamengo is relatively safe by day, do be careful here. Stick to areas where there are plenty of other visitors, and keep valuables hidden. It's not a good idea to visit the park at night.
A vast landscaped park within the heart of central Rio, Parque do Flamengo was designed by none other than Roberto Burle Marxe – Brazil's most celebrated landscaped architect. Stretching along the waterfront from Flamengo to Gloria, the park encompasses green open, giant palms: green open spaces; sports courts; and running, cycling and walking tracks. Interestingly, the area was once submerged below the water of Guanabara Bay before town planners levelled two hills in the city centre – the resulting rubble was shifted into the water and created the space where Parque do Flamengo stands today. For this reason, the parque is known locally as 'Aterro' – landfill.