Yes, Ipanema and Copacabana might be the better-known of Rio de Janeiro’s beach-side districts, but Barra da Tijuca – on the western edge of Zona Sul – is making a name for itself on the tourist circuit. With the headquarters of the 2016 Olympic Games, plus two major Brazilian TV networks based in the neighborhood, the area has sprouted a quickly diversifying shopping and dining scene that has silenced the disparaging remarks about Barra being a bad copy of Miami. Oh, there’s also that incredibly long, clean, tranquil beach – with excellent surf – that beckons even some of the die-hard Ipanemans when that beach gets a little too crowded.
Category: Things To Do
August 15, 2014
Rio de Janeiro is known the world over for Carnival, Reveillon (New Year’s Eve), and all-night samba shindigs, but the nightclub scene in the city is picking up steam, even giving its rival and nightlife powerhouse, São Paulo, a run for its money. New hotspots vie for recognition alongside established names on the scene, which mostly serves up electronic dance music to inebriated crowds.
July 29, 2014
Of all the cities in all the countries in all the world, none is more identified with “the Beautiful Game” of soccer—futebol—than Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Home to one of the world’s most famous soccer stadiums, Maracanã, and home to some of the world’s best-known soccer clubs, not to mention the splendid, one-of-a-kind natural setting and infectious tropical culture, Rio is a soccer-lover’s dream.
July 4, 2014
Samba: that iconic aural gumbo of rapid-fire drum cadences, squeaking cuicas, tinkly violões, and exultant voices that defines Brazil’s musical culture more than any other genre (bossa nova is essentially samba slowed way down). Rio de Janeiro is to samba as Chicago is to jazz — the big city where earlier, often rural incarnations of […]
June 22, 2014
Flying into Rio de Janeiro’s close-in Santos-Dumont Airport, visitors rarely pay attention to the other side of Guanabara Bay: the side at the other end of that really long bridge. That bridge actually leads to Rio’s smaller sister, Niteroi. The one-time capital of the now-defunct state of Guanabara, Niteroi serves up Mod and historic architecture, museums, theatre, dining, nightlife, and even beaches in copious amounts. In fact, the city has the second-highest number of Oscar Niemeyer-designed buildings in Brazil, after the national capital.
May 11, 2014
Part of what makes Rio de Janeiro the Marvelous City is its striking natural beauty, embodied by impressive landforms and stunning beaches. But if so many of the city’s charms are outdoor experiences, what is a hapless visitor to do when it rains in this tropical metropolis? Rio’s got plenty of indoor delights to while away the hours until the inevitable downpour lets up, so there’s no reason to hole yourself up in a hotel room just to stay dry.
April 30, 2014
Rio de Janeiro is known more for sandy beaches and string bikinis, but the Marvelous City’s delights don’t just stop with samba schools and seaside diversions. Rio’s museums are truly hidden gems that even surprise lifelong cariocas. While rainy days tend to be the most popular times to visit museums around the city, this list […]
April 27, 2014
In Brazil, the boteco is as ubiquitous and integral to the national culture as pubs are to Ireland. Along with the near-frozen glasses of chope (draft beer), botecos serve up heaps of stuffed and/or golden-fried goodies and hours of gregarious conversation and laughs; if you’re lucky, there’ll be a sizzlin’ samba band stirring up the scene with hip-swinging rhythms. Rio’s botecos are renowned for their authentic feel, and the famous beachside district of Ipanema has some of the best in the bunch.
April 11, 2014
This guide to Rio de Janeiro’s must-see sites includes all the heavy hitters. But it will also clue you in on the city’s lesser-known spots, like a nearly two-century-old library tucked among the downtown skyscrapers, and a secluded observation deck that provides epic views of the city. Read on to learn more about Rio de Janeiro’s top sites, including four you’ve probably never heard of.
March 28, 2014
Home to some of the world’s most iconic urban beaches, you can’t come to Rio without stepping foot on the white sands of Ipanema or jostling for space among the crowds of Copacabana. But before you slap on the suncream and pack up your beach bag, be sure to read these tips on beach etiquette in Rio.