It’s a hike out to Andarai for this Monday, late afternoon/ early evening samba session at the Renascenca Club, but it’s worth it for the music, the atmosphere and the acaraje
, a spicy bean burger with prawns from the state of Bahia( PS3 ). This is a traditional samba da roda
, in which the crowd meets around musicians seated at a long table to dance and sing along. At Monday’s traditional workers’ samba or Samba do Trabalhador
, Moacyr Luz
, a great samba composer, results a group who play with precision, panache and passion to a crowd who buy metal pails full of iced beers in a big, white-painted yard.* Renascenca Club, Rua Barao de Sao Francisco 54, Andarai, renascencaclube.com , Mon 4pm-9. 30 pm , PS4
Norwegian has this week launched direct flights from Gatwick to Rio from PS170 one-way or PS340 return.
Where to stay
Acommodation in Rio isn’t cheap, particularly near its famous beaches. A stylish exception is the Best Western Premier Arpoador Fashion Hotel( doubles from PS75 B& B, website in Portuguese) between Copacabana and Ipanema. Vila Gale Rio de Janeiro in Lapa( great for nightlife but take a taxi) is also a good deal, with rooms from PS60 B& B and there’s a lovely swimming pool. Thebrokebackpacker.com recently published a useful listing of 20″ amazing hostels in Rio “.
When to go
Summer in Rio( December-March) is scorching, with temperatures as high as 40 C, but it’s a fun time to be here, with the city gearing up for carnival( 21 -2 6 February 2020 ), with streets processions and parties. Even winter( June-August) is a good time to visit- as warm and pleasant as a London summer.
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