Arpoador or Arpex as it is affectionately called by Cariocas deserves a post of its own. I have literally hundreds of photographs taken there and its beauty is only possible to describe visually. Nothing I would write would prepare you for the beauty of that place.
Its a cliché but its nonetheless a different experience each time. Its breathtaking and only once there you can feel the vibe and fantastic energy of that place. Its calming, invigorating, anti-depressant, its an experience not to be missed.
Arpoador is located between Copacabana and Ipanema, in a 800m long stretch between Fortress of Copacabana and Francisco Otaviano Street. It’s name derives from the fact that a long time ago whales could be harpooned in the vicinity of the coast.
The beach is very popular with surfers due to its strong and good waves for practicing that sport. For the adventurous, spotlights on the beach allow surfing at night.
At the base of the rock there are paths and hiking trails. Either in summer or winter, this is THE place to be for an unforgettable sunset. Arpoador Stone can be visited at any time of the day; try to go early, sip a caipirinha or Limonada Suiça at the Arpoador Inn hotel and close to sunset walk all the way up and choose a place to sit and enjoy.