Arpoador

Tom Jobim Statue at Arpoador

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Tom Jobim Statue at Arpoador sidewalk

Last december, a statue in the honor of Tom Jobim, the brazilian composer, famous for his bossa nova songs, like “Garota de Ipanema” (Girl from Ipanema) was inaugurated in Arpoador sidewalk.

The sculpture is in life-size and was crafted by the artist Christina Motta, the same artist who did the Brigitte Bardot statue in Búzios.

It is another nice point for pictures when visiting Arpoador beach!

Have a nice weekend!!!

A break from the Sun

After too many days melting down under the scorching january sun, this past week he finally gave us a little break.
On Wednesday, the weather started to change. We decided to go to Arpoador beach , when my husband arrived from work, for our firt swim in the Arpoador sea in 2015 and also to watch the spectacle of a sunset in Arpoador. But we were not lucky!
A cold front started to reach Rio de Janeiro coast on Wednesday afternoon and the sky was already cloudy, preventing us to watch the sun going down over the ocean.
Although the temperature decreased a little bit, from the 40’s Celsius to 35 Celsius, it was quite hot. A warm wind made us feel as if we were passing by an open oven, which was a little unpleasant.
Although it was almost seven pm in the middle of the week there was still a lot of people at the beach. Maybe they were expecting to watch the sunset like us.

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Arpoador, the perfect spot to admire sunset in Rio

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Arpoador, the only place in the world (at least as far as I know)  from where people watch the sun going down clapping. And it is not only another tale about Rio! People,specially during summer, go to Pedra do Arpoador, and really claps their hands while admiring the most beautiful sunset in Rio.

But I have a confession to make! Although I’ve been a thousand times to Arpoador beach, I’ve never watched the sunset from Arpoador rock as lots of tourists and locals do.  As I’ve mentioned somewhere before in this blog I just run away from those crowded spots during summer in Rio. Trying to redeem myself from this terrible mistake, some weeks ago I went up there for the first time with my husband. It was a little early to watch the sun going down, but the scenery from up there is gorgeous at any time of the day.

For those who are not familiar where Arpoador is, Arpoador is the piece of sand between Ipanema beach and the Arpoador Rock ( that rock that you see on your left when looking to the sea at Ipanema beach ). It is a nice beach to visit, for a jump in the sea, to watch the guys and girls surfing  and to feel the real carioca atmosphere in the end of a day.

There is a small and easy trail that takes you to the top of the rock, from where you will be able to see on your left side Praia do Diabo and Copacabana, and on your right side Ipanema, Leblon and Morro Dois Irmãos.

It is a fantastic place to sit down ,breathe the fresh breeze from the sea, let all your thoughts go away and recharge the batteries while admiring the beautiful landscape.

Just some smart tips:

– Don’t let the beautiful scenery make you forget you are in Rio and take care of your belongings;

– Avoid showing off your smartphone or cameras too much, some young delinquents love to rob Iphones and Smartphones in the Arpoador neighborhood;

– During summer time, and that includes not only the official summer, but all the weekends that feels like summer, the area gets crowded and pickpocketing is very usual, specially during sunny Sundays.  So if you can choose, prefer going during the week, it will be quieter and more relaxing!