Ipanema is located between the Leblon and Copacabana neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro. Ipanema beach is quite similar to Leblon and Copacabana in terms of beach life. Ipanema is considered one of the safest neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro and is located in the Zona Sul (Southern Zone) district.
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During the mornings, cariocas (locals of Rio) start their daily exercise as they want to keep their body in shape year-round.
Many vendors are available on the sidewalk for a quick refreshment. Coconut juice seems to be the choice for cariocas.
The Ipanema neighborhood is very quaint and almost seems like a totally different neighborhood once you step out of the beach area. Here you can find many bus lines and locals trying to get to work during their daily routine. Taxis are readily available and sometimes outnumber the amount of cars on the street.
There are many shops and restaurants in Ipanema, but most were closed since it was very early in the morning. You can find a lot of breakfast restaurants open in the early mornings.
The biggest thing right now in Ipanema is the extension of the subway metro. There is heavy construction going on in the Ipanema and Leblon districts as they try to modernize Zona Sul. Basically there are currently too many busses in Rio and the traffic is horrible. The busses are the ones creating all the traffic and the new subway stations will help alleviate some of the congestion. It won’t be completed by the 2014 World Cup next year, but hopefully by the time the 2016 Olympics come around.