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Beach at Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Wikipedia: The beach in Ipanema is well-known throughout the world. Its name is a Tupi Guarani word meaning "bad waters" as the locale is notorious for dangerous currents and few fish. Despite the capricious currents, the view and atomosphere are considered supreme. Populated with tiny-bikini clad bodies and lots of rich Brazilian youth, the beach is a symbol of pleasure and wealth. Two hills known as the 'two brothers' rise at the western end of the beach. The beach is marked into segments with points known as postos. Posto 8 marks the beginning of what is considered the gay stretch of beach, which lasts up until Posto 9, which is known for the illicit smoking of marijuana. There are always circles of people playing football, volleyball, and footvolley, a combination sport unique to Brazil.