Colônia dos Pescadores

Rio de Janeiro

At the southern end of Copacabana Beach you'll see fishing folk at work, if you go early enough, mending lines and hauling in the catch. There's a small fish market here open to the public, and usually one vendor who sells and cooks up whole fresh fish on a small charcoal grill – a great deal at about R$25 for a decent-sized fish.

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1. Posto 6

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Beach marker on Copacabana Beach.

2. Forte de Copacabana

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Built in 1914 on the promontory of the old Our Lady of Copacabana chapel, the fort of Copacabana was one of Rio's premier defenses against attack. You can…

3. Praia de Diabo

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This tiny hidden beach is located between Copacabana and Ipanema. Reach it by heading to the rocky outcropping of Arpoador and turning left. You'll see it…

4. Parque Garota de Ipanema

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This small park next to Ponta do Arpoador features a tiny playground, a concrete area popular with skaters, and a lookout with a view of Ipanema Beach. On…

5. Ponta do Arpoador

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At the far eastern end of Av Vieira Souto, this rocky point juts out into the water and serves as one of Rio's best places for watching the sunset…

6. Posto 5

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Beach marker on Copacabana Beach.

7. Posto 8

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Beach marker on Arpoador Beach.

8. Museu da Imagem e Som

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If work on this new museum is ever complete, Copacabana will finally have an outstanding rainy-day attraction. The building, designed by celebrated New…