The area and beach of Ipanema is soon becoming if not already is the hottest area for tourists in Rio de Janeiro. The area has for a long time had higher class than the area of Copacabana. It is not considered as chick at the area of Leblon. However, when in Rio it makes a lot of sense using the metro system. The end station is just in the border between Ipanema and Copacabana. Making it chick and a place for easy access to the rest of Rio de Janeiro.
Beach of Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro
As a testament to the recent history and rapid expansion of Rio de Janeiro, a mere 120 years ago there were hardly any infrastructure here and when the Royal family escaped Portugal to settle in Brazil 200 years ago this area was only a mixture of farms and swamp land.
Today it is easy to navigate and with its location just in front of the lake, the opportunities to relax and enjoy your vacation is enhanced if you stay in this neighborhood. Due to its high prices it is an idea to look for rental apartments as opposed to Ipanema hotels. If you like to go for a walk you will not need to stay close to be beach. The neighborhood is large but quite narrow. You will always be not too far from neither the beach or the lagoon. If I were you I would choose to be close to Arpoador (the rock formation between Ipanema and Copacabana). The beach of Leblon on the other side is also beautiful, but demands you having a car.