Things to do in Copacabana

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  • Luca M
    New York City, NY531 contributions
    Fot the tips about security and robberies, please check online. My perception was that if you go without phone and credit cards, but with swim suit with zip keeping with you few cas, you should be fine.

    For the rest, go there late in the afternoon before the sunset. Walk on the beach and see all the brazilians playing football listening to samba music. Go to La murete to admire the violet and orangish sunset drinking a good caipirinha.

    The morning, check when is the sunrise e go there... It is the most beautiful fire in the sky i have ever see. Maybe go in front of posto 5 where there are always organized group of people doing cardio so you are not alone
    Written 8 May 2022
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  • PrestonGuild
    United Kingdom54,328 contributions
    Leme is an extension of Copocanaba really. We spent more time here when we moved to the Hilton hotel.

    We even did a short walking tour of the area so we found a few nice places to eat and a little bit about the history of the place. A good area to stroll.

    Its location being after Copacabana beach means the beach is less busy outside of the weekends.

    Hotels such as the Copacabana Palace means it has a more upmarket feel.

    However do note that near the Hilton was an entrance to a favela neighbourhood but a police car was on guard to ensure no tourist goes in by mistake.
    Written 30 April 2020
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  • Yuliya P
    Miami Beach, FL22 contributions
    It was on my bucket list to welcome New Year at famous Copacabana Beach! I went to Rio before for carnival, and celebrating Reveillon was on my bucket list! I found an activity on Arnbn for New Years party at Copacabana organized by local Carioca for international friends and joined it. Was lots of fun, I met lots of people from different countries. Was a great spot in the middle of Copa, we explored around as well. Fireworks show beyond expectations, I’ve never seen or experienced something like this! Highly recommend going to the water and jump over 7 waves as locals do for a good luck 😉Also the best experience 👍 we partied till the morning and welcome a firs sunrise of 2020. Obrigada Río 👍
    Written 20 January 2020
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  • JorgeOyola
    127 contributions
    During the night you can walk while you enjoy a cold beer, in Rio it is allowed to do that. You will even see the military police dressed in a very relaxed way.
    Written 16 July 2020
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  • PrestonGuild
    United Kingdom54,328 contributions
    This is a small military museum located inside the military base Fort Copacabana.

    There is a small entrance fee to the fort which includes the museum. We noticed many people just wanted to see the views, go to the cafes including a branch of the Confeitaria Colombo. They seemed to just skip the museum.

    It is an interesting diversion going through the military history of Brazil since the arrival of the Portuguese.
    Written 23 September 2020
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  • world_traveler77m
    Tokyo, Japan46 contributions
    I’ve been dancing with samba teams for the past 10 years. Marked the 10th anniversary this year = done 10 parades plus 4 champions’ parades! I always have a blast!! Especially this year, Mocidade gave me a very good position, the second highest platform on the 3rd float! It was amazing!! Love dancing on top of the float, through sambadrome full of spectators! It’s the most exciting event I join every year!

    If you want to join the parade, you can contact samba teams directly or through the official agents. You can use your friends’ connection that might give you better prices. But you need to be careful because often ppl try to rip you off. Eatacio was decent because I had a friend that organized costumes and collecting fees. But I was ripped off by União da Ilha for 3 years so eventually said goodbye to them and joined Mocidade. And this year união da ilha got demoted -KARMA. lol On the other hand Mocidade got the 3rd place this year so I got to parade again at champions’ parade!

    If you want to watch the parade, the cheapest way is to go to the official ticket office at sambadrome and buy them in person. Go there at least 2 weeks in advance. The prices range from 10 to 3000+ reais depends on where u want to sit at. I recommend sectors 2 - 10. Online vendors always mark up the price big time so I’ve never bought them online.

    As for street parties (blocos), they have them everywhere in Rio during the carnival. Just ask local friends which ones to go to. There are official ones and underground ones (illegal) that announce time and location at the last min. But it’s not gonna be anything fancy. If you don’t like getting dirty/bad smell, I don’t recommend. At blocos you see everything, drunk ppl, on drugs sometimes, peeing next to you, throwing up, ppl bumping on to you, horny ppl, many French-kissing random ppl, or more lol so smaller community blocos are more for families and it’s more about music and shows. All depends on which bloco you choose.

    Not sure if they have Carnaval next year because of coronavirus. They’re postponing it I heard.
    Written 19 October 2020
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  • chelsealynne
    Pensacola, FL897 contributions
    The hike up was a great introduction to the flora and fauna of Rio. The marmosets are so cute! The butterflies are gorgeous! The fort offers brilliant views of the city, Christo and sugarloaf. We weren’t charged anything for the hike.
    Written 24 January 2021
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  • Andreas K
    Stockholm, Sweden513 contributions
    I prefer Leme over Copacabana, it feels calmer and safer. You also have a great view of the whole beach if you go to the rock at the beginning of it.
    Written 14 November 2021
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  • Travel_World63
    Sao Paulo, SP446 contributions
    The famous poet Carlos Drummon de Andrade symbolize the life style of "carioca": sitting in the sidewalk, watching the life and the people passing by. Take your picture with him, it is iconic and unforgettable nice to be in Copacabana with this personality. Lovable.
    Written 9 October 2017
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  • PrestonGuild
    United Kingdom54,328 contributions
    You see these stalls that come to life in the late afternoon and early evening.

    Paintings, bags, maps fridge magnets, clothes from tee shirts to football shirts. All kinds of souvenirs and you might be able to haggle a price.

    You will notice the same or similar items will pop up in other stalls further down.

    It can get a bit hectic in the evening and we did visit it a few times and purchased some items.
    Written 30 April 2020
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  • Andreas K
    Stockholm, Sweden513 contributions
    Great spot to snap some photos of Copacabana beach. Calm enviroment with a lovely view. Also a couple of options to sit and have a drink at.
    Written 14 November 2021
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  • HD89
    London, UK203 contributions
    Visited in September 2019. Very insightful and an experience you dont want to miss out on!

    We phoned up and arranged to the visit ahead of time (don’t just turn up, phone ahead to book!) we then met up with ‘Tartaruga’ our guide. He has grown up in the favelas you visit and has a wealth of information and experiences to share along the tour.

    We were also joined by Liz who spoke very good English and translated for us. The tour was very enjoyable, safe and you learn a lot about the history and the politics for the people living within the community.

    Photographs are ok too but ask Tartaruga before you start taking photo’s as you have to respect the peoples privacy that live within the community and some people may not be happy with you taking their photo.

    I would 100% do the tour again and recommend it to anyone visiting Rio! Tartaruga and Liz were very friendly and knowledgable. The tour gives you an insight into the good and bad of the favelas.

    Walking around you sense a very strong bond within the community and you learn about what is being achieved by the people living within it, and on the flip side, you also see the poverty and gang culture aspects of the favelas.

    This was probably the most interesting and memorable tour I’ve done anywhere.

    Highly recommend!

    Tartaruga e Liz, obrigado!
    Hugo & Ruth
    Written 5 March 2020
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  • LuizDutraNeto
    Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,613 contributions
    If you speak Portuguese, check "Sesc Copacabana" theaters' programme and organize your visit. The "Sesc Copacabana" complex, besides a hotel, comprises two theaters: "Teatro de Arena" (the main theater) and "Sala Multiuso" (a smaller space). Both are famous among "cariocas" for the quality of plays and musicals staged. And principally, at popular prices. The theaters are in the middle of Copacabana ("Posto 4") and just between Rio's subway stations "Siqueira Campos" and "Cantagalo". Enjoy!
    Written 18 September 2018
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  • travelwithgg
    Los Angeles, CA12 contributions
    Unless you are looking for a church, you won't notice this wonderful parish. Hidden gem in the midst of the lively Copacabana neighborhood. The church has 2 wonderful side chapels, one has adoration. Beautiful and peaceful place to stop by and pray for a bit and attend mass. They have daily mass and offer Sunday mass in English at 11:30am.
    Written 2 March 2020
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