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Ipanema Beach

Ipanema is among the main tourist spots in Rio de Janeiro, both for Brazilian and foreign visitors. All year round tourists crowd the district and its beach. Garota de Ipanema Park and the Pedra do Arpoador are interesting spots. Also worth visiting is Morro Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers Hill), a post card of Rio de Janeiro. The recently reformed Nossa Senhora da Paz Church is also interesting.

On the last years there have been several hostels opened on the district and brought more foreign visitors to the district.

Ipanema is one of the most popular beaches in Rio, losing only to Copacabana, where New Year´s Eve is always celebrated.

The beach inspired poet Vinícius de Moraes and musician Tom Jobim who created Rio most famous song: Garota de Ipanema. If you haven´t listened to it you have not been to Rio.

The beach is a meeting point for young people, mainly "at posto 9?, which is also an artist spot.

Besides being a meeting point, Ipanema beach is used to practice several sports: skimboard, surf, frescobol, volleyball, football, and footvolley. The main beach volley championships are broadcasted nationwide.

Ipanema beach also hosts live shows in the evening, near the canal that is the limit with Leblon, this concerts range from classical music to well known Brazilian popular music stars. In 2008 the Bossa Nova 50th Anniversary concert featured most the genre´s stars.

The district is also known by its theatres and cinemas, so if you do not want to become a lobster or once you finish your day on the beach you can check out nearby Casa de Cultura Laura Alvim, Teatro Ipanema or Estação Ipanema. The shop Toca do Vinicius, in Vinicius de Moraes Street, is exclusively dedicated to Bossa Nova and it often features live music. During Carnival several traditional blocos such as Banda de Ipanema, Simpatia é Quase Amor and Rola Preguiçosa parade through the district.

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