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Promenade Leblon Inn, Rio De Janeiro
Promenade Leblon Inn Hotel is in the heart of lower Leblon in Rio De Janeiro with the beach close by and excellent restaurants, bakeries, gyms, 24 hour supermarkets, shopping and transportation. There are good nightlife possibilities, with a number o...
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South American Hotel, Rio De Janeiro
South America Hotel is within easy walking distance from both Copacabana and Ipanema beaches in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A 4 star Rio de Janeiro hotel just 12 km from downtown Rio de Janeiro with its varied street shops and restaurants. ...
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Rio De Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, the cosmopolitan city, Brazilian capital for almost 200 years is the home of samba, the Carnival of Rio, Maracana foot ball stadium, Copacabana beach, Ipanema and more.

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Rio de Janeiro

A healthy climate, perhaps one of the healthiest in the tropics, make Rio de Janeiro a very pleasant place to live with Trade winds providing a natural air conditioning.

The months of June, July and August are the coolest months of the year with temperatures reaching as low as 18 C and as high as 32 C on sunny days. The hottest months are December to March with temperatures rising between 32 and 42 C and a lot of humidity in the air. Rainy season between October and March.

The city is a conglomeration of different urban areas separated by several hills. Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon are three areas known to the world.

Copacabana, claiming the highest population density in the world, is built on a narrow strip of land between the mountains and the extensive beach.

Strolling along Copacabana's wide sidewalks is more than just a tourist excursion; it's the very contact with the different personalities of the area that contributed to the history of the city, making its jolly image into a veritable invitation to visit. At the halfway point down the beach, by looking out to sea in to land it's possible to picture at least six charming aspects of the neighborhood: the beach and the shops; the day and the night; the past and the future.

The beach is the main tourist attraction of the area. The bay's water continues as calm today as it was in the 19th century when a group of people including the Emperor himself, were drawn to the exploits of two beached whales on the shore. From this legendary date on, the area would lure the aristocracy for their summer vacation in the city. Even today, a variety of strange groups applaud the rising sun at dawn, standing on or around the Arpoador Rock.

There are two attractions to be found, one at either end of the beach, that are worth seeing on foot: the first, at the Leme end, is the Fort of Duque de Caxias, one of the Guanabara Bay sentinels, an eyewitness to historical moments of the Empire and of the New Republic. It is the protector of a small hill that plays host to an ecological paradise and that makes up part of the group of hills that include 'Pao de Aguca'. At the other end of the beach stands Copacabana Fort, constructed at that time of the First World War. It replaced a small, secular church that watched over a Bolivian saint's image, called Nossa Senhora de Copacabana (Our Lady of Copacabana).

Looking away from the beach, we see the urban plan of Copacabana, the first to support planning worthy of a modern city. It was connected to the city center (the origin of the city) through tunnels which allowed the passage of donkey drawn trams. It started being occupied in the last years of the 19th century growing in the 30s and 40s due to the establishment of such monuments as Copacabana Palace, the first of the fabulous hotels that ornaments the shore of the area and its environs.

In these surroundings, we pass through the commerce of the neighborhood, full of offers of all types, from clothes and gastronomy to nightclubs with the look of the past, but with sound tracks and mixes of the future.

Ipanema is completing 110 years, but it is still just a child, not only because of its beautiful fashion, its sidewalk rhythm, its street corner music, the breaking waves of its beach, the cool condensation of its beer, but also because of its charming history.

In the beginning, it was just a big stretch of sand that made up part of one big sugar-producing farm, the 'Engenho Del Rey', which extended from Copacabana to beyond Barra da Tijuca, previously visited by just the Tamoios native Indians.

In 1894, the then uninhabited Villa Ipanema was founded and its access guaranteed by horse-drawn trams. Obscured by the sparkle of Copacabana, the neighborhood lived among the peacefulness of its squares, beaches and low houses until the fifties, when it began to bear witness to the growth of art and the intellectuals gathering around the tables of its bars. At one of those tables, two typical members of that talented tribe, Marcos Vinfcius de Melo Morais and Antonio Carlos Jobim composed "The Girl from Ipanema", a simple song with uncomplicated lines, but one that conquered the world.

Its chronology aside, the sands of Ipanema beach tell its own history. The icon of entertainment and of the Carioca's outgoing style, the beaches of the neighborhood found their first surfers of the city in the 60s, the Tropicalia and the poetry movements flourished in the 70s, the beautiful architectural models of the shore were established in the 90s and the harmonious interaction of the varied groups prevailed in the 90s. On the beaches, music, soccer, cold beer and the Carioca appeal all meet up, 24 hrs a day, in an area that is rarely asleep.

From the sands to the sidewalks, Ipanema enters into the 21st century turning more pages in its history; pages that placed Rio de Janeiro at the center of fashion, especially Visconde de Piraja street and at the corners that join Anfbal de Mendonga and Garcia D'avila streets.

In terms of gastronomy, the neighborhood is an icon of internationalism with a tradition of flavors of historical heritage, which traverses the environs of Barao da Torre and Joana Angelica streets and highlights the existence of squares that are the foundation of the area, the General Osorio and Nossa Senhora da Paz squares.



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