“At 35 I learned to play ball. There is a carioca sport called Altinha, and it consists of wheel passes without the ball falling. At first it was a disaster, but a year later I dominated and played hours and hours at sea. It is not only a good sport for modeling the body but I also met a lot of people. Quite an achievement that made me very happy.”
How to travel like a local:
The one thing you can’t miss if you visit the city is a sunset in Ipanema. Looking for a birds eye view of the city? Be sure to visit the Pão de Açúcar, the top of the Morro Dois Irmãos, or the Pedra da Gávea. If you’re thirsty after all your exploring, treat yourself to some frozen açaí, made from the nutritious purple berry. Ana says that true açaí, which she drinks at least twice a week😋, comes from Belém do Pará.
For dinner, Ana recommends the lamb with broccoli at Nova Capela and a chopp (a Brazilian style beer) at Bar Luiz in Rua de Carioca. On Tuesdays, Canasta, a wine bar in Ipanema, offers great oysters to share with friends (Maybe before catching some live music at the Circo Voador!).