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Enjoy Rio’s best cultural tours when in Ipanema

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Enjoy Rio’s best cultural tours when in Ipanema

A holiday to Rio de Janeiro is something most people can only dream about. The long stretches of sparkling beaches, beautiful people and captivating culture have made this one of South America’s most sought-after holiday destinations. Ipanema beach, by far the most famous and gorgeous parts of Rio, may have been immortalized by a song, yet it’s the suburb’s superlative beach, fantastic shopping and delectable dining options which attract millions every year and keep many of them coming back for more. Want for a truly authentic Rio experience when visiting? Then book your holiday rental apartment in Ipanema and book one (or all three) of the following cultural tours while you’re in town. Samba Dinner Show If you’re lucky enough to be travelling to Rio de Janeiro in February you’ll have the opportunity to see the epitome samba show of the year, yet at any other time you can also spend an evening experiencing this most captivating and addictive part of Brazilian culture. Samba is to Rio what flamenco is to Spain: a dance defined as one of the most inherent components of the local culture. During this four-hour outing, you can enjoy an authentic and delicious Brazilian grilled dinner, while watching one ...

Eat like a Brazilian in Copacabana, Rio

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Eat like a Brazilian in Copacabana, Rio

[pinit] There’s nothing better than getting completely absorbed in a foreign culture whilst on holiday. The unfamiliar sites, sounds, smells and tastes can be inspiring and invigorating. No more so is this true than in Brazil. This South American gem is a smouldering volcano of sensory pleasures, and the cuisine in particular, something tourists find unforgettable. To design your own memorable Brazilian holiday, head to Rio and book a holiday rental apartment in Copacabana. This most famous suburb is home to some of the country’s best eateries, and is by far your best choice if a culinary trip of a lifetime is what you desire. To help you get started we’ve devised this delicious guide to the country’s best dishes, so follow your nose and head forth...heaven awaits. Churrascarias The Brazilian churrascaria restaurant is a mix between a steakhouse and a Chinese yum cha. Meat is what you come to savour, but instead of ordering from a menu, you simply pick from the offerings of the passing waiters. We warn you however, that some serious digestive stamina is required! This non-stop meat gorge is a definite highlight of Brazilian cooking, and a sure fire way of correcting any misguided vegetarian inclinations. Once seated inside, ...

Best places for Samba in Copacabana, Rio

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Best places for Samba in Copacabana, Rio

Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro is an excellent vacation destination for adventurous and fun loving people from all over the world; it is also the prefect destination for those vacationers who are looking to dance to the samba. Brazil is known for its samba music and one of the major reasons that tourists from all over the globe flock to Rio de Janeiro is to enjoy the rhythm of various samba schools, which are characterised by powerful African-influenced drum beats and steps. Samba is the music of the Rio de Janeiro carnival and if you are staying in a Copacabana holiday apartment should not fail to catch a samba performance.Copacabana Palace Hotel - The Copacabana Palace Hotel, is one of the most prestigious and luxurious landmarks in Copacabana and has helped to build the samba hotspot reputation in the region. The place has been hosting some of the most exciting and fascinating samba parties for years; some of the most exciting carnival balls, featuring the best samba tunes, are hosted in the Copacabana Palace Hotel during the evening, attracting both tourists and locals looking to party. Bunker 94 - Another good place to visit to enjoy Samba music is Bunker ...

Beach Life at Ipanema in Rio

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Beach Life at Ipanema in Rio

Take a famous song, add a long stretch of powdery white sand, endless rolling blue surf and sprinkle with taut, tanned bodies and you have one of the most desirable travel destinations on the planet. Beautiful Ipanema beach is the stuff of legends. It entered the rest-of-the-world’s imagination with the haunting ballad ‘The Girl From Ipanema’, written by Antonio Carlos Jobim, one of the pioneers of the bossa nova sound. Jobim used to hang out on Ipanema’s sidewalk cafes and bars along with other artists, intellectuals and liberals, forging Ipanema’s reputation as ‘leftist’ (albeit affluent) enclave until many of them were forced into exile in the coup d’ etat of 1964. Like all of the world’s great beaches, Ipanema has its own unique culture. The beach is subdivided into sections called postos (or ‘posts’) which give in turn have their own character, making Ipanema feel a times more like a series of community microcosms. Posto 9 is the most famous; a fascinating mixture of the young, tanned and beautiful and leather-skinned hippies. You’ll find volley ball and soccer players at Posto 10 whilst Posto 8 is distinctly more working class. The gay section is located in front of ...

Why I would return to Rio by Leah Eades

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Why I would return to Rio by Leah Eades

Rio de Janeiro was where I rounded up my seven month trip, and perhaps that is why I still have a sense of having unfinished business with the place: I didn’t feel like it was really time to leave. Or, maybe it was one of these reasons: 1- When booking our ticket we thought Great! August! Summer!, forgetting that Rio is in the Southern Hemisphere. Yes, we didn’t really think about that whole tricky hemisphere thing. I mean, you’d just assume Brazil would be warm, wouldn’t you? Well, it’s not. We had two days of sun during which we sat on the beach sipping coconuts and praying we’d get tans (we didn’t) so that we wouldn’t have the embarrassment of returning home after our epic journey with the same pasty skin we left with (we did). Also most of the major sights in Rio i.e. going up Sugarloaf Mountain, seeing Christ the Redeemer, paragliding onto Copacabana Beach... require sunlight and clear skies to do them justice. So we didn’t do them. Hence, we slipped into living a life of luxury... 2- I didn’t get a full Brazilian Wax.So, instead of being cultural, we thought “When in Brazil...” and went to a nearby salon. ...

Why I would return to Rio de Janeiro by Linda Knight

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Why I would return to Rio de Janeiro by Linda Knight

"Are you sure this is Rio?" No sign of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado, Sugarloaf Mountain nowhere to be seen, a definite lack of spectacular vistas. This was Rodoviaria Novo Rio, the main bus terminal, and our guide book's description had summed it up perfectly. Seedy. This was one of Rio's faces not displayed in the glossy magazines. Our faces, on the other hand, must have shown disappointment; tired and confused after our long, cramped bus journey.We'd arrived at the start of Rio's 13th annual Gay Pride Parade. Not intentionally, but this was how it had worked out. As our taxi slowly made its way through the crowded streets of Copacabana we stared, speechless, at the throngs descending onto the beach along promenades awash with colour. Funk Carioca (dance music originating in Rio), techno, house, electro and pop music boomed from gigantic speakers loaded onto 'trios electricos'. Feeling rather conservatively dressed we joined the million or so people, the flamboyant paraders who'd 'come out' for this mammoth event. It was a case of 'anything goes' - the sculpted, tanned bodies of Rio's beautiful people scantily clad in resplendent costumes. Costumes which screamed 'Gay and Proud' for the world to see. ...

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