in the southwest part of the city of Rio de Janeiro
. Largely populated by the richest people, it is distinctly different from other urban districts in this city for its USA
-like feel. Everything is spread out, with big shopping mall
s here and there. It is, in practice, a car-only place.
Its beaches are somewhat cleaner than the better-known Copacabana and Ipanema. Although rapid urbanization is spoiling those too.