Rio de Janeiro: the cidade maravilhosa (marvelous city) is of alluring beauty. With the contrast between the verdant rainforests, the ... more »deep blue ocean and the white-sand beaches shining under the sun, Rio de Janeiro is one of the world's most spectacular city. What about Rio’s residents? They are known as cariocas, who are friendly, sexy, relax, enthusiastic,...
In Rio, you can enjoy scenic breathtaking outlooks from the Corcovado and Pão de Açúcar, relax on the beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and Barra da Tijuca, dances the night away in the sounds of Samba or forro in the heart of Rio's nightlife in Lapa, surf great waves in Prainha and Grumari, hike through Tijuca’s forest and so on... A paradise, don't you think so?
The Zona Sul is Rio’s upscale neighborhoods, and the area of the most famous beaches, including Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon. The Zona Sul is overlooked by the world famous Christo Redentor.
The beach and neighborhood Ipanema gained fame from the bossa nova sound "Girl from Ipanema" written in 1962 by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius De Moraes. The word "Ipanema" comes from the old Tupi language and means "bad water", probably bad for fishing, since the waves, dying too close to the sand, push fish away.
Ipanema is a kind of peninsula, a tiny band of buildings surrounded by the ocean and the lagoon Lagoa. less «