For other uses, see Botafogo (disambiguation).

Location in Rio de Janeiro

Coordinates: 22°57′0″S 43°11′3″W / 22.95000°S 43.18417°W / -22.95000; -43.18417Coordinates: 22°57′0″S 43°11′3″W / 22.95000°S 43.18417°W / -22.95000; -43.18417
Country  Brazil
State Rio de Janeiro (RJ)
Municipality/City Rio de Janeiro
Zone South Zone
Administrative Region Botafogo
  Total 479.90 ha (1,185.86 acres)
Population (2010)[1]
  Total 82,890
  Density 17,000/km2 (45,000/sq mi)

Botafogo (local/standard Portuguese pronunciation: [bɔtaˈfoɡu] alternative Brazilian Portuguese pronunciation: [botɐˈfoɡu]) is a beachfront neighborhood (bairro) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is a mostly upper middle class and small commerce community, and is located between the hills of Mundo Novo, Dona Marta (which separates it from Laranjeiras) and São João (which separates it from Copacabana). The word Botafogo also refers to a Latin American ballroom dance move, named so because the area of Botafogo is where it originated.


"Botafogo Bay" (1869), by Nicolao Antonio Facchinetti. Collection of the São Paulo Museum of Art.

Botafogo was named after João Pereira de Sousa Botafogo, who was responsible for the galleon Botafogo's artillery. Because of that, he received the nickname "Botafogo" and included it in his family name. When he went to live in Brazil, the Portuguese Crown granted him the land known today as Botafogo. The name literally means "set it on fire" (a reference to the Botafogo galleon's artillery power).[2] In the mid-19th century, English language speakers also called it Boto Fogo.[3]

Attractions and amenities

Botafogo's beach is within Guanabara Bay, sheltered from the Atlantic Ocean by the Urca peninsula and Sugarloaf Mountain. Attractions include the Home of Ruy Barbosa, the Museu do Índio — which explores the culture and history of the major indigenous peoples of Brazil — and the Villa-Lobos Museum.[4] The Public Archive for the State of Rio de Janeiro (APERJ) is also located in Botafogo.


Botafogo is the home of Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas, a multi-sport club best known for being one of Brazil's biggest football teams.[5]


The neighborhood is served by Botafogo Station on the Rio de Janeiro Metro.[6]

Panoramic view of Praia de Botafogo (Botafogo Beach) with the Sugarloaf Mountain and Morro da Urca in the background.


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  1. "Bairro: Botafogo" (in Portuguese). Prefeitura da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  3. Roberts, Edmund (1837). Embassy to the Eastern Courts of Cochin-China, Siam, and Muscat. New York: Harper & Brothers. p. 28.
  4. Villa-Lobos Museum Website
  5. "História". Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  6. "Botafogo - Sobre a Estação". MetrôRio. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  7. Home page (Portuguese)/Home page (German). Deutsche Schule Rio de Janeiro. Retrieved on May 3, 2015. "Rua São Clemente 388 - Botafogo - CEP: 22260-000 Rio de Janeiro - RJ - Brasil"
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