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If you mention Lapa to someone in Rio they’ll undoubtedly start talking about the night life there.
It’s an area in Rio that’s become famous for its busy bars, street food, and street parties. It also has a couple of tourist attractions too, such as the Lapa Arches and the Lapa stairs (those super colourful steps that you’ve probably seen a dozen photos of).
Walk through Lapa during the day and you’d never guess the roads would be swarming with party goers and stalls serving food and caipirinhas at night. The crowds in the pubs spill out on to the streets which creates an obstacle course for taxi drivers.
The Lapa Arches, which had a huge empty space next to them during the day, were completely transformed. Stalls had been set up selling food and drinks of all sorts. Across the road bars had appeared in what had seemed to be deserted buildings. Drummers played music on the street while people danced to their beat. It was madness – but fun!
The only part of Lapa that looked vaguely similar day and night were the stairs. Both times we visited they were packed with people. I even had my 5 minutes if fame in being recorded for something (I’m not sure what though!). The crowds at night were less touristy (and more intoxicated), though huge all the same.