Chill Out Where to Beat the Heat
Chope (beer) is served in choperias and cervejarias (taverns), botequims, and botecos (bistros), but those in the know line up for ice-cold loura (lager), ruiva (ale), and negra (dark ale) at Rio's only brewpub, Devassa (1241 Rua General San Martin; 55-21/2540-6087). • For a variation on the traditional caipirinha, try a "caipiroska" (with vodka) or a "caipisaque" (with sake) at Bar d'Hotel (696 Avda. Delfim Moreira; 55-21/2540-4990). • Suco—melon, strawberry, or pineapple juice with graviola, a native Brazilian fruit—is served straight up or blended at Balada Sumos (620 Avda. Ataulfo de Paiva, Leblon; 55-21/2239-2699). • Mil Frutas Café (134A Rua Garcia d'Ávila, Ipanema; 55-21/2521-1384) offers more than 120 exotic flavors of sorvete (ice cream). • The pulp of açaí, an antioxidant-rich fruit derived from the palm tree,is frozen and mixed with guarana syrup to make an intense berry-like slush at BiBi Sucos (591A Avda. Ataulfo de Paiva, Leblon; 55-21/2259-4298).
Play It Safe
Rio has been battling crime, mostly in and around the favelas (the poorer sections of the city). This shouldn't deter you from visiting the city, but do take the following precautions. • Don't go in or near any favela without a guide. • Leave expensive jewelry, watches, and accessories at home. • Keep large sums of money and credit cards at your hotel or hidden deep in your pockets. • Have small change ready to pay for buses and taxis. • Avoid downtown after dark. • And be aware—thieves often work in teams (one hits you while the other grabs your wallet) before fleeing on bikes.
Feathers used this year in costumes for Imperatriz Leopoldinense, one of Rio's largest samba schools.
Pairs of Havaianas sold since their creation in 1962.
Lifeguards working the beaches of Rio.