5 Things to do in rio de janeiro on friday – Rio de Janeiro is waiting for us with great beaches, trilhas and tipical places that mesmerize us with their beauty and style. we give you here 5 tips for you to make the most of your day and enjoy your holidays to the top. If you are looking to do a tour check out here!
1. Morro da Dona Marta.
The Morro da Dona Marta is located in Botafogo. With its 352 meters of height, it provides us with a wonderful view of the Guanabara Bay. We can access there from Flamengo and Laranjeiras, but also by air ’cause this favela has its own heliport!.
So, what is all the fuss about this morro? In 1996, Michael Jackson chose this place to film his famous video “They don’t care about us”, thereby giving the favela a twist of perspective. Santa Marta was no longer to be seen as a dangerous place, embedded in narcotraffic and poverty, but as a touristic place in which people from all over the world came to visit and learn about how life develops here.
Such a situation together with the arrival of UPP (Police Units Peacemakers) in 2008 turned around the way the favela was conceived, making it a peaceful place, quiet and friendly, and developing a new profitable activity to the community, i.e. tourism.
Nowadays people get to the morro just to climb up, enjoy the view and take pictures with the sculpture that the community created on behalf of Michael Jackson.
How to get there?
We can take the 538 bus from Zona Sul towards Cosme Velho, we get off in Largo do Machado and take the 507 bus towards Silvestre and we get off in the Tijuca national Park.
Now we’re talking Big! Ipanema is the most famous beach in the world…really well knonw by brazilians and expat, it is the place where the sexy Garota de Ipanema would lie in the sun for hours so AS Vinicius de Moraes would create his famous song.
Nowadays, Ipanema receives us with open arms, crazy waves and breathtaking views of sunsets and sunrises. There are different postos along the beach.
Arpoador is the first one, a tiny beach plenty of surfers, surronded by a huge rock in which people normally go to appreciate the sunset.Then we move to posto 8, the gay friendly area. The gay pride flags make it easy to spot such a peculiar beach, full of fun and party people!.Posto 9 is the next, the favorite place for young people to spend a great evening with friends, drinking beer and smoking weed (though it is not legal). Posto 9 is the meeting point, it is the place to remember old times and to create new memories.
But how come we talk about this place without invoking the greatest barraca ever? The Barraca de Uruguay. Beautiful friendly people are in charge of making your evening even better. Under the Uruguayan flag domain, this barraca has the best sandwiches made by Doña Gloria, its owner. More than 20 years of experience and goodwill makes this place the reference point from locals and foreigners, who feel at home and at ease at the beach. It is worth mentioning the good energy of the Uruguayan guys, since this barraca is the only one in which their employees speak English, Spanish and Portuguese, and have always a smile on their faces, or some funny anecdote to make the evening even more enjoyable.
By this time we get to the Posto 10. There we’ll find youngsters as well practicing sports, mainly surfing and slack lining. The most famous place here is the coqueirao, the only area along the beach where we can smoke weed freely without being harassed by the local police. That’s why people here are more relaxed and calm, and enjoy chilling alone or in groups, listening to music and drinking mate (ice tea).
How to get there?
The only thing that we need to do is to take the Metro up to the final station, General Osorio, and from there we walk two blocks and we are ready to enjoy the beach!
3. Morro da Urca.
The trilha is quite easy to climb, it has natural stairs and the view is amazing. It starts at the Claudio Countinho walkway, that goes through Praia Vermelha, Morro de Urca and the Sugarloaf. There is a sing easy to spot at the beginning of the trilha. The road is ideal for beginners, but sometimes it gets intricate, so we must be careful where to put our feet! If we are fit enough, the trilha will only take us around 25′.
There’s a point in the trilha where the Morro de Urca and the Sugarloaf meet. From there we can appreciate the Urca and the Botafogo neighborhoods. If we keep on walking up, we will reach the peak just to get the perfect picture of the city downtown.We can also stay to enjoy a breathtaking sunset and to be taken for a free ride down in the bondinho.
When the Sugarloaf became a a touristic point, some of the materials to build up the bondinho were taken by professional hikers, who sing an agreement so as every person that walks up, doesn’t have to pay the ticket down. No one is going to let us know this when we buy the bondinho ticket, but we should bear this in mind whenever we plan to visit the Sugarloaf.
How to get there?
If we are somewhere near downtown, we can take the 107 bus (Central-Urca). From Zona Sul, we can take the 511/512 busses (Urca-Leblon-Circular), or we can take the Metro up to Botafogo station and then a bus to Urca.
We previosly mentioned the Claudio Cantinho walkway, which surrounds the Morro de Urca, the Sugarloaf and the Praia Vermelha. It is a 2km path, mainly frequented by skaters, bike riders, runners and people who like to enjoy the fresh air and the calmness of this place.
Ideal spot to filled our eyes with flora and fauna. In the way we’ll find harmless monkeys and if we want we can feed them, and we’ll also find a great variety of birds and insects.
The Claudio Coutinho walkway was named after a coach of the Brazilian football team. Such a team came in third in the Wolrd Cup that took place in Argentina, 1978. Besides being a coach, he served in the army and was also captain in artillery.
How to get there?
Friday night…Lapa time! Lapa is a downtown hood, where people from all over the world gather to spend the craziest nights ever. Anything can happen under the Arcs’ domain. Bars everywhere, people walking on the streets, musicians playing for free… too much information in one single place, and a really peculiar one.
During high season, it gets crowded as hell! Throughout the rest of the year the flow of people gets lower though it still is the place to go.
What to do?
Here we can give you some advice on how to spend a great night. The crowd gathers generally on the main street Mem de Sá, where most of the bars are located.We can start by taking a ginger shot at the Bar da Cachaca. Those shots are amazing but we have to be careful, they are cachaca shots, really strong for a new comer. Cachaca is the brazilian beverage per se and only locals can take it…but sometimes they can’t.
If we dare, we can buy a bottle for R$40 to share with friends and get really wasted! Now that we are on the Lapa vibe, we can stop by any bar to have a beer, or just buy one on the street.
As we walk, we enjoy a wide variety of music coming through the bars we pass by. It feels like a parade, and each person a model of their culture. One of the most famous bar in Lapa is SoKana with its tables laid on the biggest corner in Lapa, this bar serves Towers of beer. Yep, that’s right, it is a 2.5 L of beer waiting for you to sink deep. Now you are getting it… it’s time to go to Escadaria Selarón.The Selaron Stepts are a masterpiece of art work, 215 steps covered with majolica representing a tribute to Bazilian people. There we can have another beer, or a caipirinha, relax and mix with strangers… who knows?!
It is very common to get robbed in lapa. People get super wasted and become and easy traget for pickpockets that anxiously waiting for their steal. So you need to keep in mind, not to take valuable things with you such as cellphones, jewelry. nor a large amount of money. You never know what will happen in Lapa!
We can get to Lapa at anytime. Around 6 pm bars start to open their doors, but the real deal starts around midnite. We can stay there all nite long or we can choose to go somewhere after Lapa. Most people leave around 4 am, though we can stay as long as we wich to. But after 4 am Lapa becomes the walking dead… Check this place out… not gonna regret it!
How to get there?
We can get to Lapa by Metro, easiest way ever. We can take the subway up to Gloria or Cinelandia stations and there we go…ready to live the Lapa experience!