Copacabana is one of the most amazing places to be. When we hear of this place, we usually think of copacabana beach, but this neighborhood has a lot more to offer. It is a great place to exercise, to date, to eat, to play, to have fun, to cry (literally), to forget about life, to see many brazilian celebrities and even international celebrities.
Calcadao - Courtesy of Randal-Schwartz.
This neighborhood is probably the most know neighborhood in the world. So much popularity has its own history, and what a history. However, I am not a historian, and I do not want to be. You will find a lot of the history of Copacabana if you research it on the internet. I just want to talk about the good stuff. This topic, though, could be a whole web site itself. So I will try my best on the subject.
Let's start with transportation. You will most likely need one to get there. There are infinite ways to get there. There are many public buses that goes by this region. The price is quite cheap, around $1.5.
However, the buses or any other type of transportation accept Dollars. You will have to exchange to Brazilian money. See travel advice on buses.
Another great way to get there, and for about the same price of buses are by subway. Yes, Rio has a subway system, which is kind of "new" in the city, but works very well. It is hard to describe on how to get there by subway because I have no idea from where you are coming from, but you can have more information on that by following this link.
Taxis can be a good option if you know how to deal with it. It can also be a nightmare. See travel advice on taxis in rio.
After you are there, what can you do? Let me tell you, anything that is not against the law and is within your reach. If you are not going to the beach, you can go to the mall, to infinite numbers of restaurants (cheap and expensive ones), to the Calcadao for a walk, and let me tell you this. We are talking of 4 Kilometers of Calacadao. So, It is not easy to walk the whole thing.
You can also see some of the nicest hotels in the city right here. What to say about Copacabana Palace? I have no words to say, nor I have money to stay there.
The truth is look around for hotels, so you can have a great time during the
New Years Eve in Copacabana.