Unlike many of Rio’s most popular destinations, Lapa is not revered for its beachfront real estate or bikini-clad models. Although this south Rio neighborhood claims a bit of coastline, Lapa is known for something much more sultry: its signature rhythm. Sounds of samba, forró, and choro emanate from Lapa’s packed nightclubs—establishments bursting with passionate self-expression and all-night energy. The neighborhood’s colonial aqueduct and colorful parks promise that its cultural richness extends beyond the evening.See 288 places to stay Save this neighborhood
Lapa's Bohemian Lifestyle
Sure, Copacabana was big in the Sixties... If you're looking for a current authentic experience of Rio, you may want to consider this more diverse, culturally vibrant part of the city."
Marcelle & Davog
Lapa's Tourist Attractions
Lapa is the heart of Rio - the most active area in the city. You're gonna have things to do even on a rainy day. And as for going to the beach, it is easy to just take a bus or a taxi."
Lapa After Sunset
Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:
Andre is both a dentist and photographer, living in Rio de Janeiro. He has a huge passion for Rio, and after shooting this project for Airbnb, he is certain that there is no place as beautiful as the city placed between the mountain and the sea.
Fabio Blaser is a Swiss photojournalist based in Rio de Janeiro. Before moving to Brazil, he graduated from the University of Plymouth in the UK. When not behind his camera, he enjoys the beaches, waterfalls, rainforest and Brazilian way of life. He loved the opportunity to shoot the wonderful tropical city that he is privileged to call home for Airbnb.
Sam Comen is a 32-year-old bon-vivant and LA native who counts Esquire, Details, Rolling Stone, and The Wall Street Journal among his clients. He has been awarded national grants and honors for his long-term portrait essays. On assignment in Rio de Janeiro for 11 days with Airbnb, Sam came to love and admire the city's environment, natural splendor, and the Cariocas' easy-going attitude.