The water is cold, the sand is questionably clean, and vendors are loudly trying to sell empanadas (lots of Argentinians this year in Rio?) and caipirinhas. Don’t expect a top swimming or sunbathing experience on Copacabana and Ipanema—it’s best to treat both world-famous beaches as people-watching spots.
It’s very hot and humid this year in Rio, with a daily thunderstorm that can last five minutes or three hours. We were lucky, though, we still managed to spend a few (dry) hours on both Ipanema and Copacabana.
I even took mark to watch the sunset on the Arpoador, a classic Carioca experience.
These are the last two quiet days in Rio de Janeiro before Carnival. We know what’s coming, it’s not our first time… I’m both excited and scared because it does get really crazy.