We stayed in an apartment with by Ipanema Beach. If you love working out, the best time to go is early in the morning. You can also catch the most beautiful sunsets off of various cliffs along the shore
Jardin Botanico: located between Leblon and Ipanema. It's one of the largest gardens in the world with flowers I've never seen in my life. Being there felt like I was on set of Jurassic World! Lol
Make sure to grab a bite at Zaza Bistro. It's one of the best meals that I had while I was in Rio and it's walking distance from the Ipanema Beach.
Having fresh coconut water is the best after spending hours in the blazing beach sun. You can find them pretty much everywhere
My friends and I stayed in this amazing hotel called La Maison By Dussol. Each room had a different theme. I'm a sucker for a hammock. So I stayed in the Shanghae room.
Visiting Escadaria Selarón (Selaron Steps) is a must!!! The steps were created by Jorge Selarón and it took 20yrs to complete. Beautifullll