Forte de Copacabana

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.

Forte de Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Forte de Copacabana

Entrance to Forte de Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Entrance to Forte de Copacabana

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.

Forte de Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Forte de Copacabana

Forte de Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Forte de Copacabana

Forte de Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Forte de Copacabana

Forte de Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Forte de Copacabana

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.

Weapons storage at Forte de Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Weapons storage

Chapel at Forte de Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Chapel

Forte de Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Forte de Copacabana

at Forte de Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Forte de Copacabana

Other rooms such as barracks, offices, and even latrines show how soldiers may have lived during the historic fort’s use.

Office at Forte de Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Office

Barracks at Forte de Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Barracks

Latrine at Forte de Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Latrine

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.

View of Copacabana from Forte de Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

View of Copacabana

Cannons at Forte de Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Cannons

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.

Café do Forte, with Pão de Açúcar in the background at Forte de Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Café do Forte, with Pão de Açúcar in the background

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