Rio de Janeiro short break day one, morning
Copacabana beach is an enthralling place to start your Rio de Janeiro short break. Take in the throng of sun-worshippers at a beachfront shack over a cold coconut juice. Grilled-cheese vendors and sarong sellers jostle for business along the glistening bay of white sand. The palm-lined Avenida Atlântica curves past Art Deco monuments to the western fringes of Copacabana where a short walk takes you to fashionable Ipanema beach.
Nearest Metro Arcoverde
Ipanema’s style disciples congregate around beach post 9, heading west along the gleaming shore. Inland from here, dotted around the Praça da Paz, are informal comida a kilo restaurants where you pay according to the weight of your food. After a relaxed lunch, take a taxi to Estação Cosme Velho where a cog train meanders up Corcovado hill to the vast statue of Christ the Redeemer. Breathtaking views of dazzling white bays, moulded around the foothills of lush tropical mountains, expand to the horizon.
Nearest bus Avenida Vieira Souto
From Corcovado loop back to the southern beaches and Ipanema’s chic neighbouring district of Leblon. Here, smartly dressed locals gather in open-air restaurants for traditional Brazilian fare like moqueca (seafood stew in coconut sauce). Porção, Leblon’s most upmarket churrascaria (steakhouse), is a joy to behold – bow-tied waiters run between tables carving slabs of sizzling barbecued cuts on to your plate. A cluster of upscale late-opening bars surrounds nearby Avenida Ataulfo de Paiva.
Nearest bus Estação Cosme Velho