Rio de Janeiro, the Marvelous City, is a destination that has always excited the imagination of the gay and lesbian traveler. Falling in love with the city and the people is very easy. Cosmopolitan Cariocas are friendly with gays, lesbians and trans-people, 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, of course. The 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 spot attracts local TV stars, gays and lesbians, international celebrities but, most of all, this is Barbie land. Before you ask, 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.
Except for the gay baths, of course, lesbians are welcome at most gay clubs and parties. If you feel more comfortable in a girls-only environment, there’s a lesbian dance club open every night of the week For variety sample the special lesbian nights at other clubs and lounges.
The 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 with the legendary Samba Parade with all the hot boys, 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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