Ipanema Beach and Pedra de Arpoador is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near the city of Rio de Janeiro that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
The Zona Sul is Rio's upscale neighborhoods, and the area of the most famous beaches, including Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon. The Zona Sul is overlooked by the world famous Christo Redentor. The beach and neighborhood Ipanema gained fame from the bossa nova sound "Girl from Ipanema" written in 1962 by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius De Moraes. The word "Ipanema" comes from the old Tupi language and means "bad water", probably bad for fishing, since the waves, dying too close to the sand, push fish away. Ipanema is a kind of peninsula, a tiny band of buildings surrounded by the ocean and the lagoon Lagoa.