Ipanema is so well-known for its social qualities, you would never imagine that the word Ipanema means “stinky lake” in Brazil’s native Tupi language. Being an upper to middle class neighbourhood, Ipanema is regarded as one of the safest areas in Rio, which contributes to its popularity for socialising on its beach and on its streets

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Ipanema is so well-known for its social qualities, you would never imagine that the word Ipanema means “stinky lake” in Brazil’s native Tupi language. Being an upper to middle class neighbourhood, Ipanema is regarded as one of the safest areas in Rio, which contributes to its popularity for socialising on its beach and on its streets
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