Piscinão de Ramos


It rained all night but I woke up bright. Let’s go to Piscinão. Take Avenida Brasil to Pasarela #13. Welcome to the Piscinão. 2 acres of artificial beach on the edge of Guanabara Bay. If the South Zone is far away. It’s Saturday, and nobody’s here. Take a dip. Take a dive. Get some fried corvina […]



Pacified, gentrified, superbly located Vidigal. The “UPP” pacification branding in Vidigal plaza means it’s safe for tourists. Drive a mile down the coast from swanky Leblon Beach, just past a strip of sex motels and the Sheraton Hotel, and you’re standing at the entrance to Vidigal. Locals line up to catch a ride up the […]



“It’s a pleasure to be in Prazeres” – damn straight. Head up the mountain towards Christ the Redeemer, past Santa Teresa, take a right when you see this guy and you are in a place called Prazeres. Prazeres means “pleasures” in Portuguese. Street art everywhere. This smurf fresco represents Rio’s soccer rivalry in four parts. Fluminense […]



 Sundays in Ipanema, the city turns the southbound lanes into a pedestrian playground. More RioChromatic: The super-chill neighborhood at the north end of Copacabana is Leme. Click to get into it.

The Color House


CASA COR IS OUT OF CONTROL. 80 of Rio’s hottest architects descend on an abandoned hotel spa on Flamengo Beach and make magic. I photographed Casa Cor during opening week. Here are my favorite living spaces. LOUNGE DO HOTEL (above) by Gisele Taranto. LIVING (below) by Erick Figueira de Melo.   LOFT + RIO by Luiz Fernando Grabowsky. APARTAMENTO […]

Leme Chill


The super-chill neighborhood at the north end of Copacabana is Leme. Palm trees at Posto 1. Lifeguards on the lookout. Marcelo’s barraca takes credit cards. Wow! Breezy 3pm. Showers with a view. At the end of Leme, keep going. Down the path to sea. Peace.   >> Original photography by @jruv. Homenagem a Ale.  

Museu da Favela


This is the view from a place I like to call Ipanema Hills. Walk up Teixeira de Melo in Ipanema till you hit the massive elevator; an attendant inside takes you up to Cantagalo. Cantagalo has narrow streets. Ridiculous views. No stop signs. Street art everywhere. Flip flops and BBQ. Wellison and Bruno. What’s up […]

Lingerie City


Brazilians know butt culture, from their world-famous bikinis to Watermelon Woman and the preponderance of butt workout videos on YouTube. No surprise they also make some of the sexiest lingerie on the planet. Want to stock up on the best of Brazilian lingerie at Forever21 prices? Head to Nova Friburgo, a super-mellow town settled by the Swiss in the […]

Rio Fall Fashion


Fall fashion in Rio is beach weather, bright colors and back to school. Bags, bodysuits and bikinis from Ipanema storefronts to fashion collectives. Hypercolor bodysuits for wearing out, not working out.  By Juliana Rosa at Espaço Mix. A&A sandals at the Feira Hippie, Sundays in Ipanema. Hands down best find in Rio. Alan and his dad Aladir […]

This Photo is Illegal


This photo is illegal. This photo of rush hour at the Botafogo stop of Rio’s metro system is also illegal:   This one too. In fact, this entire photo series was taken illegally:   After I took this picture, the gentleman in the neon vest warned me, “Taking photos in the metro is not permitted.” […]