New Years Eve in Rio de Janeiro – soaked in champagne and almost trampled to death

New Years Eve concert in Rio

It's hard to describe how many people were actually on the beach in Rio. Even helicopter shots of the crowd couldn't capture the scale.

Several minutes before midnight on New Years Eve over 3 million people on Copacabana beach in Rio shifted their focus from the concert on the main stage to the water where the fire works were going to take place.

Massive New Years Eve crowds in Rio

The scary part was many of the revelers didn’t just shift their focus… they started to move.  Miki and I had the unfortunate position of being between the massive crowd and the water.  Beach chairs started to get trampled, barricades fell over, security guards lost control, people (including us) started to panic.

Luckily, 2 brazilian guys with their girlfriends were also standing next to us so us 3 guys formed a sort of protective triangle around our significant others.  It worked.  We moved with the flow for about 5 minutes keeping our girls protected and then as quickly as the madness started… it all stopped.  One of the guys said with a kind of embarrassed proudness, “welcome to Brazil”.  We popped the champagne and toasted to avoiding death and to a happy new year.

New Years Eve in Rio

We captured some of the madness on video.  Check out the concert, crowds, fireworks, and the throngs of people in the short video below.

More of our trip to Rio after the break…

Our visit to Rio wasn’t just a crazy New Years Eve night.  We also did some day tours and visited the amazing beaches the city had to offer.

Ipanema beach in Rio

One of the most stunning churches we’ve been to was the São Sebastião Cathedral church.  It’s 106 meters in diameter at the base and 96 meters high.  It can hold an amazing 20,000 people.  The picture doesn’t do this place justice but trust me… it’s a very impressive sight.

São Sebastião Cathedral church

A visit to Rio wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Christ the Redeemer statue.  We had a pretty overcast day we went but it did peak out from time to time.

Christ the Redeemer

Miki with the Christ the Redeemer statue

We also took a quick rain soaked visit to the Sambadrome where the famous Carnival happens in Rio once a year.

Sambadrome

Here it what it really looks likes when the party is in full swing.

Sambadrome Pano

and a few last pictures from our trip to Rio…

 

 

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