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Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro: 108 reviews and 169 photos


The area of Copacabana is fronted by the famous beach that streches along the coast for 4.5km and is backed by some very steep hills. The area is no more than 4 blocks wide with two major busy one-way streets and the seafront street of Avenida Atlantica. The area is one of the most densely populated in the world housing over 25,000 people per square kilometer. It is probably where you will stay as it has the largest number of hotels in the city and the area is therefore one of the busiest. If you want something a little quieter than try Ipanema.

The name Copacabana has a Bolivian origin. Historians trace it to a XVII century image of Our Virgin Lady of Copacabana, brought by the Portuguese from a small village around distant Lake Titicaca. Until the late XIX century Copacabana was considered a distant area. It was covered with sand, dunes and shrubs. A small fishermen's village concentrated most of the dwellers. The neighbourhood only started to grow with the opening of Tunel Velho, connecting it to Botafogo and Downtown. The area really started to hit off when the Copacabana Palace Hotel opened in 1923 followed by heavy development in the 60's and 70's.

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  • Written Sep 30, 2005
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