International cruise ships and local boats dock next to stucco and stone homes in Glória.

White washed churches elegantly crumble into the sea in Glória, a bayside neighborhood best known for its private marina. For those not looking to dock their boats, Glória's main avenues brim with glass-fronted amenity stores, souvenir shops, and indulgent restaurants. Glória's few bars cater to casual evenings, but the nighttime excitement of Lapa is just a neighborhood away.

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On the Map

Glória is bordered by Catete, Flamengo, Centro, Lapa, and Santa Teresa

Galeão International Airport: 23 minutes by cab without traffic
Santos Dumont Domestic Airport: 5 minutes by cab without traffic
Ipanema Beach: 20 minutes by cab or 35 minutes by metro
Sugar Loaf Cable Car: 12 minutes by cab or 35 minutes by bus
Corcovado's Train Station: 16 minutes by cab
Lapa: 11 minutes by cab or 20 minutes by bus

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Quiet Along Guanabara Bay

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An aquatic crossroads of sorts, Glória's location on Guanabara Bay gives the neighborhood a distinct perspective on rising tides and incoming ships. Watching the passing vessels is easy on the eyes.

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Passers-by often travel through Glória without noticing the neighborhood. They're missing out.

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Glória is home to quiet sites. Sculptures, churches, and Rio's Museum of Modern Art make up the neighborhood.

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Its bayside location and easy accessibility appeal to Cariocas, and Rio's residents are beginning to recognize the neighborhood's value.

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A great Saturday morning tour is to enjoy the organic products fair with its incredible juices, then go by bike to the beach (on the weekends you can take your bike with you on the metro and it takes 15 minutes to go to Copacabana!)"

A View of Guanabara Bay

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Ships moor at the Marina da Glória.

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Glória greets Rio's visitors arriving by cruise ship.

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Not too shabby of an introduction, if you ask us.

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Gloria is an old, traditional neighborhood in Rio. It is not by the beach, but if you take the subway, you can be in Copacabana and Ipanema in 10 to 15 minutes."

Marcelle & Leo

Hosts Near Lapa, Sta Teresa and Metro


Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Fabio Blaser

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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

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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.