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Ipanema: The Heart of Rio de Janeiro’s Beach Living

By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – When most people dream of Rio, they probably picture something like Ipanema: a beautiful beach, populated by young and beautiful people, and a lifestyle of casual luxury that still manages to retain its joie de vivre.

The beach is the natural center of residents’ lives here, with volleyball, foot-volley, surfing and all manner of other sports being enjoyed with gusto from dawn until sunset. Arpoador, the rock that separates Copacabana from Ipanema, is a famous place to congregate and have a drink while the sun goes down, with . . .

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