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Arcos da Lapa
Type: Attractions, City, Sightseeing
Along with the beaches, the Christ statue and Sugar Loaf mountain, another postcard-perfect image of Rio are the mammoth white arches that stand in city's historic center. At night, revelers gather... Read More
Along with the beaches, the Christ statue and Sugar Loaf mountain, another postcard-perfect image of Rio are the mammoth white arches that stand in city's historic center. At night, revelers gather below the arches as a huge street party unfurls - head here on a Friday night to see Rio's party spirit at its liveliest. The area around the arches is taken over by hundreds of stalls selling all manner of tempting treats to eat and drink, from fresh-baked pizzas and beers to Northeastern acaraje and fruity-but-potent cocktails. Surrounded by bars and clubs pumping out everything from hip hop and favela funk to samba and pagode, the Arcos da Lapa are the starting point for many a memorable night out in Rio.
Arcos da Lapa, Rua dos Arcos
Rio de Janeiro, 20230-110
- Best for Things to Do in December Because: Lapa's electric nightlife is at its most buzzing during major holidays.
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: Re-painted a glistening white ahead of the 2014 World Cup, the Lapa Arches are back to their attention-grabbing best.
- Best for Attractions near Cruise Port Because: The vast arches are an icon of bohemian Rio and a lively gathering point at night.
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