Cosme Velho stands out at the foot of Corcovado Mountain. From its brightly colored neocolonial houses to its secret gardens, this south Rio neighborhood’s attractions rest in its pastoral vistas and old-world allure. When paint peels from Cosme Velho’s agrestic facades, the buildings look more elegantly finished than they had before. Cobblestone streets and nights quiet enough to hear the palm trees sway add to its weathered opulence—and offer a glimpse of classic Rio.See 43 places to stay Save this neighborhood
Dilapidated Sophistication Near Corcovado Mountain
Just between old center and the beaches, Cosme Velho is a traditional neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro. It's a high-class residential area, very charming and safe, with historical monuments and the memory of illustrious residents, great artists, writers and poets."
In Between Antiquity and Modernity
The neighborhood also includes the picturesque Largo do Boticário, which consists of a small square enclosed by several neocolonial style houses, built in the 1920s."
Boarding The Train To Corcovado
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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.
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