Catete Walk, Rio de Janeiro

When you stroll through the Catete Street area you are instantly transported to another era. The faded grandeur of the still stunning looking colonial palaces hark back to a previous time of great wealth and power. This area was once the home base for Brazil's head of government. Today, among the historical buildings, you will find lots of glass-fronted souvenir shops, amenity stores and restaurants. One of the nicest places for a walk is Rua do Catete which is also known by a number of different names, including the Rua da Glória and the Rua Marques de Abrantes. Tour the Palácio do Catete, a 19th-century building that was once Brazil's presidential palace. Today, it is home to the Republic Museum where you can stand in the former offices and chambers of the president and his ministers and appreciate the opulence of the Grand Hall and Ballroom. The museum also has a large collection of items related to the Republic of Brazil, some of which are on display and include antique furniture, coins, paintings, medals, swords and much more. Another architectural highlight is the church of Our Lady Glória which sits on Glória Hill looking down on the Parque do Flamengo. This striking example of colonial design was built toward the end of the 18th century, and inside are intricate wood carvings and blue decorative Brazilian tiling.
How it works: Download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

Download The GPSmyCity App

Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for IOS   Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for Android

Catete Walk Map

Guide Name: Catete Walk
Guide Location: Brazil » Rio de Janeiro
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Discovery)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
Author: naomi

Useful Travel Guides for Planning Your Trip

16 Uniquely Brazilian Souvenirs to Bring Home from Rio de Janeiro

16 Uniquely Brazilian Souvenirs to Bring Home from Rio de Janeiro

Other than the sun, passion and football, for which Brazil is renowned and which cannot be fitted into one's luggage, picking a memorable gift from Rio is a tough job. And this is not because of the lack of suitable things to choose from, but because of their abundance. Indeed, there're...