Originally published in GPS.OutTraveler.com
New Years in Rio de Janeiro has been firmly established as a popular gay high holiday. Every year, thousands of gays and lesbians from the U.S. (and many other countries) flock here to ring in the new year.
Rio is exotic, beautiful, and charming. And the locals, known as Cariocas, are friendly and oh so gorgeous — both men and women. They seem to live on the beach, playing volleyball (regular as well as the variation of the sport played with feet only) and soccer; performing that sexy dance-cum-martial arts called capoeira; eating (you can get anything from grilled shrimp to exotic fruit); and cavorting in the warm Caribbean-like waters. Nightlife is an explosion of music in some of the hottest venues in the world.
It’s relatively easy to get there on your own, but it’s one of those destinations — especially for first-timers to Brazil — that may make sense to visit with a group. A terrific choice is Zoom Vacations, which offers a six-day Gay Rio New Years Tour December 28, 2010 to January 2, 2011. More information: ZoomVacations.com/RioNewYears.htm