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Introduction to Arpoador Beach and Arpoador Rock
Patricia Ribeiro

Arpoador is the name of the small beach at the east end of Ipanema and also of the rock outcropping which projects from it into the Atlantic Ocean.

When you look west from the top of the rock (photo), you can see Arpoador Beach, Ipanema, Leblon and, in the distance, Morro Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers Hill) and Pedra da Gávea (Gávea Rock) behind it. You're looking back towards the place where this photo of Leblon and Ipanema was taken.

To the right of Ipanema, you can see Corcovado.

Beyond the rock to the east, you will see Devil's Beach, the Copacabana Fort and, beyond them, Copacabana Beach, Leme, and the Sugarloaf in the distance.

Arpoador Beach is considered the berth of surfing culture in Brazil. It's the site of surfing tournaments and a popular point that gets very crowded.

The next images will give you an idea of what Arpoador and its surroundings look like on a Sunday morning in June.

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