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Why You Can’t Miss Carnival in Rio de Janeiro!

The Origins of Carnival The beginnings of masks, jesters, debauchery and partying go back in time beyond pre-history;  but the origin of that particular party that many countries call Carnival is more recent. Although no one is ...

Santa Teresa Neighborhood of Rio

One very charming neighborhood, or bairro (pronounced buy-ho), of Rio de Janeiro is Santa Teresa. Situated on a hill not far from the city center, it has amazing vistas of Rio and the bay. A tram ...

How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Rio

New Year’s Eve on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro is HUGE. How huge? Maybe 1-2 million people descend on the area. The streets on the beach and leading up to it are  closed to vehicle ...

New Year’s Eve on Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro

I wrote the following travelogue at the end of 2001. I’m reprinting here partly because we’re approaching the time to start thinking about where to spend New Year’s Eve, and partly because I want a place ...