A beautiful 4km-long beach‘…At the Copacabana, music and passion were always the fashion…’ so sung Barry Manilow in his hit single, and although not the same place, the vibrant Copacabana – a district of Rio di Janeiro – is still characterized by the sounds of Latin samba and the vibrancy of local residents.
If you are enjoying one of MSC's fabulous cruises in South America, one of our luxury ships will surely stop at this fun vacation destination. Located in the southern zone of Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana is famous for its 4km-long beach, home to millions of revellers each year during the annual New Year's Eve celebrations and also the official venue of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.
The district was originally called Sacopenapã until the mid-18th century and was renamed after the construction of a chapel holding a replica of the Virgin of Copacabana, the patron saint of Bolivia.
Copacabana begins at Princesa Isabel Avenue and ends near the Forte de Copacabana, a military fort built near the old chapel and a key tourist attraction, with postcard views of the beach.
Originally a small fishing village, Copacabana has grown thanks to a tunnel built in 1892 connecting it to downtown Rio. Later development in the 1900’s and the construction of the elegant Copacabana Palace Hotel in 1923 ushered in an era of romance and glamour which became Copacabana trademarks.
Whatever you choose, whether the fashionable boutiques or quiet fisherman’s corner, we offer some of the best package and excursion deals to help you get the most from Copacabana.
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