On the south end of Copacabana beach is Forte de Copacabana. It’s a working military fort open to visitors. Admission is BRA$6. Guards at the entrance dress in traditional Brazilian military uniforms.
After paying the admission, there’s a walkway past modern buildings of the fort. At the very end of the walkway is the historic fort and museum.
The historic fort, built in 1914, has original weapons storage rooms, a small chapel, and other rooms. Some of them have interpretive panels to explain more and others have soldier mannequins.
Other rooms such as barracks, offices, and even latrines show how soldiers may have lived during the historic fort’s use.
Don’t forget to climb on top of the fort to get phenomenal views of Copacabana and Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf). It’s best to go earlier. As you can see by the picture, I went a little too late in the day. Huge cannons are also in place.
When you finish visiting the fort, stop at the branch of Rio’s iconic Confeitaria Colombo, Café do Forte. Sit by the ocean and enjoy the same panoramic view from the end of the fort.