Ipanema, a beautiful beach, in the beautiful part of Rio and the birthplace of the famous song "Garota de Ipanema" (Girl from Ipanema). Ipanema Beach is the perfect place to relax and enjoy Rio. The beach stretches for 2 km between Jardim de Allah and Arpoador, which is famous for the large rock that separates it from Copacabana Beach.
Ipanema is not just the name of the beach, it is actually the name of the city district in the southern zone of the city, after which the beach was named. Ipanema district was founded in 1894 as one of the richest areas of the city of Carioca, along with the neighboring districts of Leblon, Jardim Botânico and Gávea. Avenida Vieira Souto is the most expensive square in Latin America, and is located in this part of the city, Ipanema.
The territory of Ipanema is bordered by the districts of Leblon, Copacabana and Lagoa. This is primarily a very safe part of the city. However, a walk on the beach in the late hours of the night is not recommended.
The song Garota de Ipanema ("Girl from Ipanema") is one of the most famous musical achievements of Bossa Nova and so-called Brazilian folk music - Música Popular Brasileira. The song is dedicated to the neighborhood and its famous ocean beach. It was originally composed by Antônio Carlos Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes in 1962. The song was soon sung in English, in 1964, under the title The Girl from Ipanema, and it gained world fame. It was sung by many, including the great Frank Sinatra and Astrud Gilberto.