Overview Barra da Tijuca

Overview Barra da Tijuca
Barra da Tijuca is a soulless expanse of freeways, carparks, megamalls and apartment towers, jutting out of Rio de Janeiro. You'd struggle to tell the difference between it and almost anywhere in the USA.
It's certainly not a bad place to live compared to the rest of the city - crime is low, houses are spacious and cheap - but don't expect any kind of Brazilian culture. If you want to live in the 'real' Rio, an apartment in Copacabana or Ipanema will do nicely, but has a good chance of being expensive, small, old, and overlooked. Barra is where the city is expanding; Rio is built in the gap between the sea and the mountains, so there's literally no other direction for it to expand into. It's delimited by the Pedra da Gavea, Rio's tallest mountain, and Recreio, otherwise known as the end of Barra which is yet to be developed. Beyond are some nice secluded beaches. Barra's own beach is quite nice too.

Avenida das Americanas is the arterial freeway that connects to Sao Conrado at one end, and peters out towards Recreio. Practically all of Barra is accessible from this road. The whole area has been built in the last 30-40 years, so everything is fairly modern.