Rio de Janeiro favelas are picking up popularity as tourist hotspots during Rio's New Year's fireworks show at Copacabana Beach. These mountainside favelas provide a casual environment and spectacular view of the beach and city below as well as the fireworks show.
Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro has long been the city's favorite New Year's party venue. But recently, favelas on the surrounding hillsides have been giving upmarket neighborhoods a run for their money.
Rio de Janeiro celebrates New Year with almost as much enthusiasm as it does its famous Carnival. Upwards of a million people, all dressed in white, gather on the beach for a massive party to welcome in the New Year, during which they cast flowers into the sea and enjoy a stunning fireworks display.
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