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Ipanema Beach (Praia de Ipanema) Tours

Although less famous than its nextdoor neighbor Copacabana Beach, Ipanema holds its own with quiet charm and considerably cleaner surroundings, and it does it without skimping on any of the white sands, blue waters, or local character that give Rio de Janeiro’s beaches their claim to fame.

The Basics
Ipanema Beach (Praia de Ipanema) is on the ritzy side of Rio, backing onto an upper-class neighborhood full of high-end hotels and classy dining establishments. Although it’s easy to spend a day lounging on the sand (chair and umbrella rentals are available), those looking for a more immersive experience will find it on a guided city tour that combines a stop at Ipanema with other top Rio attractions such as Sugarloaf Mountain, the Statue of Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor), the Lapa neighborhood, or the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon. Bike tours offer a popular way to cover more ground in less time, while private tours ensure that you see everything on your list in comfort.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Ipanema is divided into various postos, or sections, each with its own vibe—some are best for sunset barbecues and others are especially gay-friendly or suited to sunbathers.
  • Vendors walk the beach selling everything from snacks to hammocks, so you can stay put all day.
  • If you’re not sure which Rio beach is right for you, take a guided beach tour of the favorites such as Arpoador and Leblon before you commit to a full day.
  • Ipanema means “bad, dangerous waters” in the local indigenous language—a good reminder to only swim in designated areas, as the waves can be big and the undertow strong.

How to Get There
The easiest way to visit Ipanema is on a guided tour, many of which include door-to-door transportation from your hotel. Otherwise, catch the metro to Ipanema/General Osorio or take any of the buses marked “Ipanema” from Centro.

When to Get There
The beach is open and crowded year-round, but plan your visit during Rio’s warm season—December to March—to enjoy the water. Visit in the morning for smaller crowds and less heat, or head to the beach in the evening to watch the sun set over the Atlantic.

Tours & Tickets

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Small Group Tour in Rio de Janeiro Including Christ the Redeemer, Botanical Gardens and Ipanema ... 
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Small Group Tour in Rio de Janeiro Including Christ the Redeemer, Botanical Gardens and Ipanema Beach

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Enjoy a 6-hour small-group tour in Rio de Janeiro. Get the opportunity to know about the history of Christ the Redeemer and admire a stunning view from the top ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: Flexible

From USD $100.00
Half Day Tour: Sugar Loaf, Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon from Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, City ... 
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Half Day Tour: Sugar Loaf, Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon from Rio de Janeiro

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Spend an afternoon exploring Rio de Janeiro's beaches and mountains on this 3-hour guided tour. Ride the cable car up Sugar Loaf Mountain, enjoy spectacular ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.00
Rio de Janeiro Bike Tour: Ipanema, Leblon and Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, Rio de Janeiro, Half-day ... 
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Rio de Janeiro Bike Tour: Ipanema, Leblon and Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Enjoy a leisurely bike ride in Rio de Janeiro, from the world-famous beaches of Ipanema and Leblon to the parks and sports complexes surrounding Rodrigo de ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.00
Rio de Janeiro in One Day City Tour Including Lunch, Rio de Janeiro, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Rio de Janeiro in One Day City Tour Including Lunch

4 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Enjoy a full-day, guided city tour of Rio de Janeiro in which you'll visit all the main attractions including Corcovado, Sugar Loaf, Maracana Stadium, ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $146.00
Private Half-Day Barra da Tijuca, Prainha, and Joátinga Tour, Rio de Janeiro, City Tours
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Private Half-Day Barra da Tijuca, Prainha, and Joátinga Tour

Discover the diversity of Rio de Janeiro's beaches and enjoy stunning views and experience the city from another angle. During this enjoyable 5-hour tour ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $120.00
Full Day Rio de Janeiro Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Full-day Tours
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Full Day Rio de Janeiro Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

On the tour you will visit the main attractions of Rio de Janeiro and enjoy some magnificent places internationally recognized for their natural beauty and ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $175.00
Rio de Janeiro Bike Tour Including Vermelha Beach and Arpoador, Rio de Janeiro, Full-day Tours
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Rio de Janeiro Bike Tour Including Vermelha Beach and Arpoador

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Enjoy a bike tour of Rio de Janeiro's "zona sul". In a small group, you will visit Rio's main sights. Cycling is the best way to cover long distances ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $32.00
Private City Tour of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Private City Tour of Rio de Janeiro

Enjoy a private and personalized tour of Rio with comfort and safety. This tour will cover the main sites like Sugar Loaf, Corcovado and the historical area ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: Flexible

From USD $185.00
Rio de Janeiro Private City Tour, Rio de Janeiro, City Tours
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Rio de Janeiro Private City Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Take a private full-day tour of Rio de Janeiro and see the best attractions Rio has to offer. Take the gondola up the famous Sugar Loaf Mountain, with its ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $249.00
Private Rio de Janeiro Tour with a Personal Photographer, Rio de Janeiro, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Rio de Janeiro Tour with a Personal Photographer

Enjoy a private, customized walking tour of Rio de Janeiro with a guide who is also a professional photographer. There’s no need for selfies on this exclusive ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $160.00

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