Rio de Janeiro Journals

New Years in Rio

A December 2003 trip to Rio de Janeiro by AndrewL

Ipanema Beach Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil More Photos
Quote: To celebrate New Year’s Eve my wife and spent a wonderful week in Brazil. We’ve traveled to many different locations to celebrate New Years, and I would have to rate Rio as my favorite location.

New Years in Rio

Overview

Ipanema Beach Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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There were so many great things to see and do in Rio. The main reason for going there was to celebrate New Year’s Eve, and it was an incredible experience to spend the night with the other millions of people on the beach in Copacabana, which was the highlight of our trip. In addition to the New Year’s festivities, I would say that the following top my list: • Sitting on the beach in Ipanema, relaxing and sipping on a cool caipirinha • Enjoying the view from the Corcovado or Sugar Loaf, with some of the most magnificent views I’ve seen anywhere in the world • Strolling along the Lagoa in the evening and stopping to eat at one of the outdoor restaurants and listen to the ...Read More

Arpoador Inn

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Hotel | "The Aproador Inn - One step to Ipanema Beach"

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The Aproador Inn has to be one of the best located hotels in Rio. It is just steps away from the beach in Ipanema. In fact, it was the only hotel I saw in all of Copacabana and Ipanema that you could actually walk directly out of the hotel to the beach. All of the other hotels, including those priced much higher, are all located across the street from the beach. In addition to the close proximity to Ipanema Beach, it is only a few blocks away from Copacabana Beach, so you could walk easily to either one. Our room itself was rather small and did not have any view, but it was clean and adequate. The room included breakfast each morning that was very good and served in the restaurant with a g...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 21, 2005

Arpoador Inn
RUA FRANCISCO OTAVIANO 177
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
2122746995

Marius

Restaurant

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Marius takes the typical Brazilian churrascaria (restaurant with all-you-can-eat meat) one step further and adds a great selection of seafood in addition to the beef. There was quite a spread of both beef and seafood dishes brought around. In addition, the buffet itself would be an incredible spread for most people. You definitely need to come with a big appetite when dining here. The interior of the restaurant was quite nice; it was elegant in a relaxing way. Though it was expensive by Brazilian standards, it was still quite cheap compared to what you would pay for similar food in the US. The bill for two of us, including drinks, was less than $50. Any trip to Brazil requires at ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 21, 2005

Marius
Av. Atlantica, 290
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 22010-000
+ 55 21 2542 2393

Corcovado

Attraction

Corcovado Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Corcovado (Christ the redeemer) is must-visit while in Rio. This is probably one of the best-known landmarks in Rio, and it is definitely one of the best views anywhere; you can see all of Rio beneath you. To get there, we took a taxi to the rain station at the base and purchased a round-trip train ticket to the top. Our taxi driver tried to convince us to have him drive us to the top. The price he quoted us was equivalent to the round-trip cost for two train tickets, and we wouldn’t have had to wait for the train. However, we decided to take the train based on advice we had read, and I think it was a good choice. Though we did need to wait a while for the train, the ride up was filled wi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 22, 2005

Corcovado
Rua Cosme Velho 513
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 22241-090
+55 21 5581329

New Year's at Copacabana

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Attraction

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We’ve visited a number of locations around the world to celebrate New Year’s Eve, and I would have to rate Rio my top experience. We joined the millions of other celebrants and crowded in to Copacabana. We had reserved a table at one of the many restaurants Av. Atlantica. The cost was about US$40 per person, quite steep for Brazil, but I thought it was well worth it. This included a huge multi-course dinner that was quite good, beer and wine, and use of the table for the entire evening. I would highly recommend doing the same. We were able to easily go in and out of the masses of people along the beach and relax for while, and even at the table, we had a great view of everything going on. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 22, 2005

New Year's at Copacabana
Praia de Copacabana
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
+55 (0)21 217 7632

Sugarloaf Mountain

Attraction | "Sugarloaf (Pao de Acucar)"

Sugarloaf Mountain Photo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Sugarloaf offers some incredible views of Rio below you. To get to the top, you need to ride a cable car with an intermediate stop-off point. The view from the stop point is quite good as well, but it is just a hit off what is in store on the top. Another must-see stop in Rio.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 22, 2005

Sugarloaf Mountain

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
55 21 2461-2700