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Copacabana and Ipanema – The Picture-Postcard View of an Alluring Hot Mess | Correr Es Mi Destino
What you see is what you get. Few famous places live up to expectations but Copacanana and Ipanema do. Alright, I didn't visit during the winter … but I've been there several times and the two famous bairros never disappointed me. This is what the famed picture-postcard Copacabana beach delivers: a long and wide stretch of sand, a swimmable beach with waves, a long, paved avenue along the beach—stroller-pushing rating: A+—divided into segments delineated by postos, or lifeguard towers. Walking the entire Avenida Atlântica at a leisurely pace takes about an hour and a half, a bit longer if you stop at one of the quiosques to buy a drink—enjoying it will take time, and so does the ordering process, even if you just need a can from the fridge. Feel free to walk on the pavement in your swimsuit even if it covers next to nothing—everybody parades half-naked—and if you forgot your Havaianas sandals, just buy a pair from the store on the avenue. At the end of the beach, there is the Forte de