Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro

Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro (must see)

Ipanema Beach is known as one of the most refined beaches in Rio. This is largely due to the influence of the Ipanema neighborhood. Ipanema offers its own private educational institutions, museums and high-priced real estate. Because of this, the locals visiting Ipanema tend to be sophisticated and artsy.

The beach still draws its fair share of surfers and sunbathers. Beach sports are popular at Ipanema as well. Volleyball and football are so popular at the beach that a new sport, footvolley, was created to combine the two.

Ipanema has long been a beach that has drawn the artistic types, but it became a worldwide sensation when the song "The Girl from Ipanema" reached acclaim in 1962.

One of the most popular activities at Ipanema Beach occurs each evening. Locals and tourists gather at the beach to watch the sunset. Many bow to the sunset, but most clap their hands in joy as they watch the sun sink into the Atlantic Ocean.

Why You Should Visit:
Beautiful beach – fun to swim at, hang out, or play a game of volleyball. The sand is soft and the water is clear. Plenty of vendors nearby to take care of all of your food, drink, and seating needs. The beach is clean, safe (but beware of thieves) and well lighted 24/7.

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Ipanema Beach on Map

Sight Name: Ipanema Beach
Sight Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (See walking tours in Rio de Janeiro)
Sight Type: Park/Outdoor
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Walking Tours in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Create Your Own Walk in Rio de Janeiro

Create Your Own Walk in Rio de Janeiro

Creating your own self-guided walk in Rio de Janeiro is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Rio de Janeiro Introduction Walking Tour

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Rio de Janeiro is the capital city of the state of Rio de Janeiro. It was founded in 1565 by the Portuguese. It was the capital of the State of Brazil of the Portuguese Empire from 1763 until 1822.

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles
Rio de Janeiro Beach Walk

Rio de Janeiro Beach Walk

The Copacabana and Ipanema beaches are two of the main reasons Rio is so famous around the world. While Copacabana is a year-round tourist hub, famed for its incredible New Year’s Eve celebrations, the Ipanema and Leblon neighborhoods have the cleanest, safest, most beautiful beaches in the city, and are the favorite playgrounds of Rio de Janeiro’s upper-middle class.

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 Km or 3 Miles
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Due to the legacy of the Portuguese in language, religion, and law, Rio de Janeiro has had a rich and influential Catholic tradition. Until the mid-20th century almost all Brazilians were – at least nominally – Catholic, and today the country’s religious sites, both classic and modern, impress with their skill, creativity and devotion.

Founded in 1590 by Benedictine monks from Bahia, the...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles

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