By Sanhita Reddy, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – There is much more to Ipanema beyond sunbathing at the infamous Posto 9, and those fortunate enough to call this neighborhood home know that. Running or biking along the long stretch of beach, window-shopping on Rua Visconde de Pirajá, or grabbing an ice cream at Mil Frutas… Ipanema boasts access to the best of Rio de Janeiro.

The relatively small neighborhood is between arguably the sexiest beach in the world (as ranked by the Travel Channel in recent years), and the Lagoa — a lagoon that borders just a few of . . .

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