to the insider's guide to Rio de Janeiro born and raised in Ipanema!
Visit Rio by Subject, our hospitality center,
for brief descriptions, and links to our main sections and pages. You
may start with Rio for Beginners,
and work your way up to more advanced topics such as city
tours, lodging, nightlife, Carnival...
Are you ready for Carnaval 2015?
Carnaval 2015 happens from Saturday February 14 through Tuesday 17
. The Champion's Parade
is on February 21. Arrive early to enjoy the parades of Banda de Ipanema
(January 31), and Simpatia é Quase Amor
(February 7). If your dates include Feb. 14-17 get ready for a non-stop festival of street parades
, amazing parties
, the Parade of Samba Schools at the Sambodrome
, There's fun for everyone - including families. Some Bandas cater to young Cariocas and their friends!
New Year's and Xmas in Rio!
New Year's Eve celebrations
in Copacabana attract every year around 2 million people. The fireworks festival
, the live music shows along the beach, and the good vibes from locals and visitors set the mood. It is one of those things you have to do once. Hotel rates may be are higher, but we can help
. As Xmas is not high season
arrive earlier and stay longer! We can help with hotel bookings, and tips about the best parties
Summer Time in Rio
December 21st was the beginning of Summer 2014/15. It was a hot day - and night. Do not let the clouds deceive you - use a sunscreen whenever you go outdoors
. It has not rained much in Brazil anyway, beachgoers rejoice. Rio is celebrating our 450th anniversary in 2015. There are festivities planned, including art exhibitions, cultural events, live music and dance in the open air, even beach luaus. If you're getting the first signs of winter blues don't think twice. Come to Rio!
Fifa World Cup 2014 in Brazil Reviewed
"The Best World Cup Ever" and "Brazil 2014" were trending topics from the very first match onwards. The Dutch chose Ipanema as their home! Croatians were caught skinny-dipping at a pool. Germans won the hearts of Brazilians and took the trophy back home! We did get a lot of bad press before the kick-off, but everyone had to change their mind along the way. Here are some fun highlights!
Olympics 2016 in Rio!
Major renovations and improvements were sped up because the city was going to host World Cup 2014. Now that Olympics 2016 in Rio
are just around the corner we are expecting even more good chances. Inclusing a long time overdue renovation of our International Airport. Subway lines are being extended. A village brand-new buildings for athletes will later be used for housing. The Olympics in Rio will make history. One of our main assets is our tradition of making visitors at home!
Falling in Love with Leblon!
Rio is not a city you can get to know by staying only a couple of days. Take a full-day city tour, and visit all the main tourist sights first. This will save you from the trouble of buying tickets to individual attractions, there's a lunch break, and the views from both Sugarloaf
are worth the travel.
Then what? Explore at your own page the most agreeable areas of Rio. They are pedestrian-friendly. You can associate culture, entertainment, nature, great food, blend into the scene. Enjoy the moment. All about Leblon
features nothing but the best, with lots of links, and a Google map with all attractions! Visit also the new version of All About Arpoador
, and the nature trail to Pedra da Gávea
Facebook with Us!
We have just launched our page on Facebook! Instead of offering a replica of our website, we are creating new content, posting original collections of fresh photos, and lotsa special goodies. If you are looking for a Rio cover photo for your FB page, download one of ours! We have a live feed right nere on our website.
We have also added a live feed from our page with night life suggestions that is updated daily with hand-picked events. Add Rio Night Life by www.ipanema.com to your Facebook likes and keep in touch. We also have a page on facebook that is basically aimed at the LGBTQ traveler. Nevertheless, www.riogayguide.com has lots of interesting information regardless of your orientation. Keep connected!
Where's the Party in Rio tonight?
One of our most popular sessions with tips on everything about nighlife in Rio has a new addition. We publish daily our best picks of the night
and you enjoy the benefits! Rio Night Life by www.ipanema.com
is one of our latest pages on Facebook
. And our postings are all here - if you are logged in you do not have to leave www.ipanema.com
to keep up to date. Our sugestions include Brazilian, dance music, shows, specials, if it is any good we are invited. If we are invited we include you in! To keep connected like the page at Facebook
, and feel free to add comments and suggestions!
Follow The Author. Add only if you know him.
The author of websites www.ipanema.com and www.riogayguide.com has a personal profile page on Facebook. You are welcome to follow the public posts. Many of them end up in one or the other website. Sometimes both. This is not a Facebook page, it is a profile. If you do not know him in person, or have close friends in common, the only option is following. We are not suggesting that you do it, just saying that you can. He is not a public person, but his posts are somewhat interesting, according to some people. You be the judge, we have nothing to hide! Posts are mostly in English, sometimes in Portuguese, German, French, it is a personal profile.