has a huge population of around 16 million people. And offers
everything for the gay visitor. Apart from the gay life
though there are one or two things you must do in this vibrant
and beautiful city.
Get an all-round view of the city by taking
a cable car to the peak of Sugar Loaf Mountain and also
take the funicular railway up to Corcovado and stand next
to the feet of the 100 foot statues of Christ The Redeemer
(you might even wash them). For shopping the place is the
downtown Rio Branco district.
Rio de Janeiro, the Marvelous City, is
a destination that has always excited the imagination of
the gay traveller. Falling in love with the city and the
people is very easy. Cosmopolitan Cariocas (local people)
are friendly with gays making you feel welcome almost everywhere.
Language should not be a barrier. Most people you actually
have to deal with understand basic English or Spanish. Others
will try hard. And body language is universally understood,
beach is the perfect setting to make new friends, and find
out what is going on. Go to Farme Gay in Ipanema, a little
to the east of cross-street Farme de Amoedo. This is Posto
No 8 (the beach is divided into sections or postos) This
spot attracts local TV stars, gays international celebrities
but, most of all, this is Barbie land. Barbie is a term
used by locals to describe muscular and well-off gay men
who live on the South Side. Don't miss the gay dodge-ball
and volleyball matches on Sundays. You will find more ideas
of things to do and see at Rio Gay by Day.
If you're not exactly a day person, night
life is teeming with possibilities. Have dinner around 8
or 9 at world-class restaurants, and go for a round-up of
gay bars and lounges in Ipanema or Copacabana. Around midnight
move on to the dance clubs. In addition to the mandatory
go-go boys, you will enjoy live shows, drag performances,
and other specials. Circuit parties are a perfect alternative
for weekend nights.
party planner will help you decide what to do every night
of the week. With the maps of gay attractions in Ipanema,
Copacabana, and Arpoador-Posto 6 you will find your way
around just like a local. For your convenience they also
include hotels and flats, and you may check rates and request
your booking online.
And then there's Carnival (around February/March) with the
legendary Samba Parade, gay balls, and street festivities
where hordes of drag queens literally take over the streets!
New Year's is another major event. Two million people from
all over the world celebrate at Copacabana Beach, with live
music shows, and an incredible fireworks festival at midnight.
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