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Ilha do governador, Rio de Janeiro
(2.8/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web)
Governador Island is the largest island in Guanabara Bay, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It has a population of about 300,000 inhabitants, in a small area of 42km2.Rio de Janeiro's main airport, Galeão - Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport and the Galeão Air Force Base, are located on Governador Island and occupy about a third of it, in the western and northwestern parts. A small sea inlet that once existed on the northwestern shore was landfilled to build the airport's runway 10/28, thereby increasing the island's area a little bit.Often mentioned by cariocas simply as Ilha, Governador Island has some favelas, such as the pacified Morro do Dendê, the largest one, but it also has many middle-class neighborhoods and even the third better IDH index in the city, the Jardim Guanabara neighborhood. The island is connected to Fundão Island and to the mainland by a complex of expressway bridges and through a barge in Cocotá Terminal, transporting passengers to downtown in Rio.The name means "Governor's Island" because one of the first colonial governors of Brazil built a country house on the island in the 16th century. The native name for the island in Old Tupi was Paranapuã, which means "sea branch".
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  • Nice place. I visited when I landed at the airport of galeao. I don't have many choices of hotels, unfortunately.
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  • This neighborhood is very varied and inconstant, most are extremely biased, since I can remember, since I was born I'm not with the guy from this neighborhood
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  • has few tourist sites, the beach are poluidas, has some nice restaurants but in general I don't like because of the traffic
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