Ipanema Beach has been featured in a long list of movies, songs, books, and more. This is because this stretch of sand, also known as “little Paris,” has inspired countless artists, authors, and poets. While it’s one of the most expensive places to live in Rio, it doesn’t cost anything to lounge on the sand, cruise the promenade, or visit the avant-garde movie theatres, bookstores, and art galleries. Countless (often high-end) places to stay sit just steps from the sand, and a variety of hostels offer cheaper options for those who want to enjoy the action on a budget.
Fly into Rio’s Galeao Airport, from which you have several options for reaching Ipanema Beach quickly and easily. The new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Transcarioca route connects passengers between Galeao International Airport and Barra da Tijuca. The route spans just 39 kilometers, but there are 47 stops on the route (adding quite a bit to the travel time). It’s recommended that travelers take the BRT from the airport to the Vicente de Carvalho station and take the subway to Ipanema from there. North Americans, Europeans, Asians and travelers from around the globe can easily catch a flight to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.