Pedra do Arpoador, Rio de Janeiro

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Take an evening walk to Pedra do Arpoador to see a spectacular change of colors as the sun sets over the calm ocean. This part of the coast is noted for being one of the finest urban surfing spots in the country, with a rock outcrop famous for creating breakers up to 3 m (10 ft) high. Keep in mind that because of its metropolitan location, the beach does get extremely crowded with very competitive surfers. Strong riptides allow a very small take-off point, so only locals and visiting experts have a real shot at surfing here. Casual tourist can enjoy views of the beach from a long seaside pathway, which is dotted with small alfresco cafés, where you sit down for a relaxing meal at sunset. Before you head to Rio de Janeiro, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Rio de Janeiro trip planner, to make sure you see all that Rio de Janeiro has to offer, including Pedra do Arpoador.
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  • Advised by hotel to avoid in night time. Sunset is when you ought to be there. Treacherous climb up.  more »
  • The watch the sunset from Arpoador is a tradition in Rio. The beach is also a good place to surf and very calm during the week. You can see Ipanema beach from one side and Copacabana beach from the...  more »
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  • Such a good place to sit down and whatch the sea. Be by yourself or with friends. Has a good view of Ipanema, Copacabana and other nearby famous places. On a cloudy day it's easy to find a nice spot because it will have less people. P.S.: there are no places to discard trash in the stone, so please bring a bag with you and dispose things properly on your way out.
  • Great spot for a swim. Stony hills on the left hand side and view of Rock faces on the right. Water is a bit chilly but definitely worth jumping in. There is no shower right there but if you walk up towards ipanema there is a shower. Lots of street food in the area and a market/Court of street food near the place. Make sure to walk around the rocks and take pics. There are also buskers and a workout area near the rocks.
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