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Marina da Gloria

Leg 2 | Race 3 | Marina da Gloria | Brazil BR

05 Oct 2013 - 12 Oct 2013

Marina da Gloria

Football, Caipirinha, samba, Copacabana Beach, the Christ the Redeemer statue and the wild carnival – Rio de Janeiro is famous for being vibrant, colourful and fun.

The Clipper Race will berth in the scenic Marina da Glória on Guanabara Bay.  The area offers one of the most beautiful views of Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountains and will host the sailing competitions during the 2016 Rio Games.

The port will conclude Leg 1 of the Clipper Race from London, creating a fitting link between the hosts of the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.

The Marina is ten minutes from the Copacabana and Ipanema beaches where cycling, people watching and playing volleyball are all popular pastimes.

For spectacular views looking down on Rio, take the small train up Corcovado Hill to the statue of Christ the Redeemer, or the cable car to the summit of Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Rio has 19 bike rental stations distributed between Lagoa, Copacabana, Leme, Gávea, Ipanema and Leblon and cycling is a fun way to see the different neighbourhoods.

The Claudio Coutinho trail, located between the coast of Sugar Loaf and Red Beach (Praia Vermelha), is a great place to enjoy the wildlife and views of Rio, with many types of birds and monkeys easy to spot.

And the Tijuca Forest is considered the largest urban rainforest in the world. Take an official tour across the green expanse to see birds, small mammals and exotic plants.

Ilha Fiscal can be visited by boat and was the island that hosted the Baile da Ilha Fiscal, the last big ball of the Empire before the proclamation of the Republic in 1889. Now, the area belongs to the navy and there is a castle and museum to explore.

Rio’s cariocas (residents) are known to party hard, and if you want to join them, ask for a “cerveja” (beer) post-football at the Maracanã stadium or at a beach kiosk. 

Arcos de Lapa is a bohemian area known for its raucous nightlife and samba and live music venues under the arches.

Parties go right up until sunrise, when revellers often go to the beach to carry on.

Recover the next day with a coconut water or Caipirinha at the beach - a very refreshing drink consisting of cachaça, sugar, ice and at least one of the many options of fruits available in Brazil.