Between beaches, samba, hills and hot weather, Rio de Janeiro is the ideal place to live life on the outside. Discover why the “cariocas” clap at the sight of the sunset. Get to know more about this and other suggestions at flytap.com
When in January (Janeiro) 1502 the Portuguese reached Guanabara Bay, they believed it was the mouth of a river (Rio). And so it was decided the future port would be called Rio de Janeiro. The privileged location gives today’s city its unique distinctive shape. Adventure takes place on land, sea and air. The tropical, humid weather is a blessing. In Rio de Janeiro, average temperature is 22º C, but in the peak of Summer (between December and March) it reaches 30ºC. Water surrounds the city’s silhouette, side by side with the mountains covered by forests. There are 150 kilometres of cycleway and much more to do than climbing Sugarloaf Mountain. So let’s go!
Running on the sidewalk
Or simply walking. Some say Copacabana, located in the south side, is one of the most famous in the world. With four kilometres in length, it’s accompanied by the notorious sidewalk pavement (“calçadão”) where many cariocas (the city’s inhabitants) like to exercise early in the morning.
The stones were placed in 1906, inspired by the pavement of Rossio Square in Lisbon. Copacabana is a favourite when it comes to personal / group training, besides jogging, beach volley and football. When taking a break, you can always refresh yourself with juice, beer or coconut water in one of the kiosks.
It’s also one Rio’s busiest areas, filled with hotels, restaurants and tourists. New Year ’s Eve celebrations usually gather more than two million people on the beach sand!
Surf at Arpoador
Between Ipanema and Copacabana, a small paradise for water sports. Along the 800 metres of Arpoador beach, big waves attract fans of surf, windsurf, kitesurf and bodyboard.
Sunset is more beautiful seen from here. Join this Rio tradition: climb up the rocks, watch the sun fade away and clap at that great moment! After that, you can linger in the water — the beach is equipped with night lighting.
Nearby is “Garota de Ipanema” Park, named after the poem of Vinicius de Moraes sung by António Jobim. Skating and skate tracks are available.