"One day of Cultural Bathing!" Copacabana Tip by MartaBotelho

Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro: 108 reviews and 169 photos

The famous beach and neigbourhood of Copacabana ows it's name also to the Indigenas. "Sacobenapa" meant "the road of the Socos" in Tupi-guarani. Copacabana extends it self for 4,15km with the Atlantic Avenue by it's side. The sidewalk (Calcadao) has Portuguese art mosaic work in black and white.
Brasilians are very fond of sports, so they'll walk and cicle on the Calcadao and cicling lane. You can also find open air gims and soccer and volleiball fields on the sand. They invented also a new kind of sport called Footvolley, a mix of soccer and volley.
If you are thristy or hungry there are plenty of vendors passing by and stands with beer, fresh juices, fruits and sandwiches. Reserve the cans and give them to the people that colect all the cans and sell them back to the recycle companies. You can also rent a chair and an umbrella in the stands. Usually it costs R$ 1,00 per item. When you go to the water never leave your sutff alone. Keep your backpack close to you and in an eyes range view. People will take it before you know it! Do it as Brazilians do: take a towel and your flip-flops, and the enough money for a drink or food. There are also vendors of arts and crafts. They are very nice but they'll try to scam you. Talk with them to induce them to lower the price, but remember that they earn less than R$200 per month.
A few months ago the police riding buggies was implemented on the beaches patrol. They get to places fast and quick, so if you have a problem just hollow. The lifeguard crew makes the rescues through the help of professional divers that jump in the water from a helicopter. Then a basket is sent down where they put the victim inside. It's a spectacle to see although for the wrong reasons. Don't swim after drinking and beware of underater currents. There are posts of the lifeguards and medical assistance every couple of hundred meters. They call them by numbers and some "Postos" are more famous than others. You can get a free fresh water shower on them when you leave the beach.

Address: Avenida Atlantica
Directions: It starts in Pra?a Almirante J?lio de Noronha in Leme and ends in Pra?a Coronel Eug?nio Franco, no Posto 6, Before Arpoador
Website: http://www.copacabana.com

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 29, 2004
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