Catete’s history of power is evidenced by opulent reminders—pillars, plazas, and palaces recall this neighborhood’s former role as the home base for Brazil’s head of government. Now, this near-Centro neighborhood lives less lavishly. Small shops, leafy residential streets, and colorful colonial buildings representative of a bygone era characterize Catete. Its blend of regal architecture and regular people place Catete in an esteemed class, but getting away is easy—it’s served by the subway.See 82 places to stay Save this neighborhood
Faded Grandeur and Growing Popularity
Relics of a Regal Past
The neighborhood is very centrally located with respect to the beaches and the center of the city, where many Carnaval blocos take place. It is also much closer to the Sambodromo than Copacabana, Ipanema, or Leblon."
Catete's Convenient Center
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Fabio Blaser is a Swiss photojournalist based in Rio de Janeiro. Before moving to Brazil, he graduated from the University of Plymouth in the UK. When not behind his camera, he enjoys the beaches, waterfalls, rainforest and Brazilian way of life. He loved the opportunity to shoot the wonderful tropical city that he is privileged to call home for Airbnb.
Sam Comen is a 32-year-old bon-vivant and LA native who counts Esquire, Details, Rolling Stone, and The Wall Street Journal among his clients. He has been awarded national grants and honors for his long-term portrait essays. On assignment in Rio de Janeiro for 11 days with Airbnb, Sam came to love and admire the city's environment, natural splendor, and the Cariocas' easy-going attitude.