By Jaylan Boyle, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Many Gringos would have to admit, no doubt to the eternal chagrin of the average Brazilian, that they were familiar with Ipanema Beach long before they knew the country's capital city. While your average Carioca may not agree that Ipanema is definitive Rio, it certainly helps to create a feel for the city in the minds of many, and continues to attract tourists in droves.

Ipanema has a distinctly 'younger' feel to it than it's more middle-aged and affluent neighbor Leblon. Its two main streets of Visconde de Piraj . . .

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