A Guide to the Beaches and Postos of Rio de Janeiro

A Guide to the Beaches and Postos of Rio de Janeiro

By Georgie Hay, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The five main beaches of Rio de Janeiro that line Zona Sul (South Zone) are primarily defined by neighborhoods, in order from east to west, Leme, Copacabana, Arpoador, Ipanema and Leblon. By far the largest is Copacabana, and Ipanema is the more famous and desirable […]

Rio Sees Praça General Osório in Ipanema Being Revitalized

Rio Sees Praça General Osório in Ipanema Being Revitalized

By Georgia Grimond, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – At the east end of Ipanema, bordering Arpoador and Copacabana, lies Praça General Osório, an unofficial entry point to the neighborhood. As the area is a transport hub bordered by busy streets, it has been known more as a thoroughfare than a destination, but […]

Exploring Rio’s Babilônia and Chapéu Mangueira Communities

Exploring Rio’s Babilônia and Chapéu Mangueira Communities

By Georgia Grimond, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The two favela neighborhoods of Babilônia and Chapéu Mangueira occupy a privileged position along Copacabana’s coastline. Nestling at the top of the steep sides of the Morro da Babilônia (Babylon Hill), the communities look down over Leme at the north end of Copacabana beach, […]

Improvements to the Copacabana Corcovado Ticket Booth

Improvements to the Copacabana Corcovado Ticket Booth

By Georgia Grimond, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Visitors to Corcovado to see Christ the Redeemer will now benefit from an improved ticket station in Copacabana. The renovated ticket booth is in the same location as the previous one, in Praça do Lido, however there is now a new climate-controlled waiting room […]

Heavy New Year’s Eve Traffic Expected Across Brazil

Heavy New Year’s Eve Traffic Expected Across Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Airports and bus terminals in Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo are expected to be busy at this end of year as travelers hurry to get to their destinations and say goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016. According to officials, more than 1.2 […]

Drones to be Used in Beach Rescues in Rio de Janeiro

Drones to be Used in Beach Rescues in Rio de Janeiro

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The lifeguard and fire brigade of Rio de Janeiro announced this week it will use experimental drones in beach rescue operations during Operação Verão 2016 (Operation Summer 2016). The drones will be programmed to drop floating devices to persons who are drowning. The first […]

Rio de Janeiro’s 2016 New Year’s Eve Program Announced

Rio de Janeiro’s 2016 New Year’s Eve Program Announced

By Georgia Grimond, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Cidade Maravilhosa revels in celebrating the beginning of the new year, and the arrival of 2016 will be no different. As part of the biggest free outdoor party in the world, over two million people will gather on Copacabana Beach to watch a spectacular fireworks […]

Rio Rua Exhibition Opens in Copacabana November 19th

Rio Rua Exhibition Opens in Copacabana November 19th

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On November 19th there will be a special opening event for the Rio Rua Exhibition in Copacabana’s Galeria 80. DJs Tee Cardaci and Nicole Nandes will spin during the event and the exhibition will feature the works of Rio de Janeiro graffiti pioneer Acme, […]

Rio’s 20th Gay Pride Parade in Copacabana November 15th

Rio’s 20th Gay Pride Parade in Copacabana November 15th

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Known for attracting thousands of attendees each year, the Parada do Orgulho LGBT Rio (Rio Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender/LGBT Pride Parade) will return on Sunday, November 15th to Avenida Atlântica in Rio de Janeiro’s Zona Sul (South Zone) neighborhood of Copacabana for its […]

Rua Saint Roman: A Rio Street Enjoying a Revival

Rua Saint Roman: A Rio Street Enjoying a Revival

By Georgia Grimond, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Rua Saint Roman enjoys an enviable position in Rio. The cobbled street rises up behind Rua Sá Ferreira in Copacabana before snaking back in the direction of Cantagalo and descending down towards Praça General Osório in Ipanema. Having once been the address of Rio’s […]

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