In addition to nightclubs featuring erotic performances and burlesque shows with nude dancers, this is also a traditional residential area with a rich history.
Lots of choices, lots of lines, and lots of girls to be met for sex.
I was introduced to her on my second trip to the district and, as we sat at a makeshift bar on the street where she lives, she explained why she prefers Vila Mimosa to the more glamorous hotspots of Rio's sex scene.
Well, not officially at least.
Most violence in Rio is drug-related, so by all means stay away from the drug scene.
There are plenty of people actually doing time for it, and you won't count on anyone's sympathy once you are perceived as a sexual hawk.