The Quiosqueathon or Kiosk Crawl
We have already extolled the myriad charms and attractions that bring plentiful tourists to Ipanema and Copacabana in previous articles, but a voluminous library of books on the subject would still leave more to discover.
Layer on the sunscreen (make it factor 50!), pack the sunglasses and bring along a 200ml glass. Then make speed for Leblon beach. The mission? Inebriation on Rio de Janeiro’s beach bar crawl.
The Quiosqueathon, created in 2008 by a Norwegian MBA student in Rio, involves participants – usually foreigners, but open to all – drinking one chopp glass of beer at every kisok (quiosque) located between Leblon and Leme (just east of Copacabana) in a day.
The session commences at 11am and twelve hours later, with 40-50 kiosks in Leblon, Ipanema, Copacabana and Leme conquered, comes to a stumbling, cacophonous, intoxicated climax.
By that time, sunburn has set in, feet are tiring, and close to ten litres of beer has been guzzled. But the silver lining for every participant is clearly evident; traversing Rio’s enchanting beachside neighbourhoods with beer hand.
Quiosqueathon was started as a means of finding the best kiosk lining this part of the Rio coast, and also for foreigners living in the city to get to know cariocas.
It is tech savvy also; Geir-Erik Nilsen, a Norwegian tasked to plan the 2014 version (in February), said: “We use Facebook to promote the event and GPS technology to track its progress in real time, so that revellers arriving late know where the group is, and wives know where to pick up their husbands!”
Ipanema’s sunsets are ubiquitous. The sun drops down behind the Dois Irmaos mountains illuminating the sky with a drape of oranges, yellows and reds.
A beer – or caipirinha – in hand on the beach is obligatory for any visit to Rio de Janeiro.
Of course, if a twelve hour, ten litre bar crawl is too much to bear, a beer or caipirinha at one of Ipanema’s or Copacabana’s many bars is as good a way of sampling the vibrance of these neighbourhoods as any.
A popular haunt for gringoes and cariocas alike is the Garota de Ipanema (Girl from Ipanema) bar, the famed spot where Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes wrote the eponymous 1960’s worldwide hit song.
Certainly, the memories of both Ipanema and Copacabana will linger for a very, very long time, unless, of course, completing the Quiosqueathon!