Sunday, 28 August 2011


The Arpoador beach is a small stretch of beach between Arpoador stone and Ipanema Beach. The place is much frequented by surfers and is approximately 500 meters long. The beach also gets bathers during the night due to the artificial lighting provided by large spotlights.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Enseada de Botafogo

Botafogo is located between the hills of Mundo Novo, Santa Marta(which separates it from Laranjeiras) and Morro de São João(which separates it from Copacabana).
Botafogo was named after João Pereira de Sousa Botafogo who was responsible for the galleon Botafogo's artillery, so he included the ship’s name in his family name. When he went to live in Brazil, the Portuguese Crown granted him the land known today as Botafogo. The name literally means set it on fire (a reference to the Botafogo galleon's artillery power).
Botafogo's beach is within Guanabara Bay, sheltered from the Atlantic Ocean by the Urca peninsula and Sugarloaf Mountain. Attractions include the Home of Ruy Barbosa, the Museu do Índio — which explores the culture and history of the major indigenous peoples of Brazil — and the Villa-Lobos Museum. With a high concentration of cafés and cinemas, including several movie theaters that feature arthouse films, Botafogo has a decidedly traditional tone, setting it apart from the nearby beach neighborhoods. It is home to two of the city's largest shopping centers, Botafogo Praia Shopping and RioSul.Botafogo is the home of Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas, a multi-sport club and one of Brazil's biggest soccer teams.


Sunday, 14 August 2011

Clube de Regatas do Flamengo

Clube de Regatas do Flamengo is a Brazilian multi-sport club located in Rio de Janeiro.

Although they are mostly known for its association football team, Flamengo represents an entire sporting association. Other nicknames used by supporters include "Fla", "Mengo", and "Mengão" (which means Big Mengo), as well descriptions of the club's official colors, rubro-negro, which translates to "the scarlet-blacks".

Flamengo's football team — the most popular one in Brazil with an estimated 35 million supporters – placed 9th in FIFA Clubs of the 20th Century and is one of the three clubs to have never been relegated or removed from the Brazilian First Division, the others being Cruzeiro and Internacional.

Their biggest rivals are the other three top clubs from Rio de Janeiro: Fluminense, Botafogo and Vasco da Gama. Nowadays, Vasco da Gama are considered Flamengo's top rivals, but intensity of football rivalry has changed in Rio over generations: during the 1960s, for instance, Flamengo supporters considered Botafogo to be the club's top rival, although the most historical rivalry is with Fluminense, dating from the beginning of football in the club, at 1912.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Paço Imperial

Paço Imperial was inaugurated in 1743 as the new Government House, after five years of construction. Since the arrival of the Portuguese royal family to Brazil in 1808, the building became “Paço Real”. In 1822, with Brazil's independence, the building is renamed as “Paço Imperial”, name which still remains the same till today. Soon after the proclamation of the Republic, in 1889, the palace is occupied by the “Agência Central dos Correios e Telégrafos”. In the late 30's, the building was declared part of historic heritage. Four decades later, in 1980, “Paço Imperial” was restored by the IPHAN. Currently, it houses a cultural center, plus a library of art and architecture, a bookshop and a restaurant.