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Arpoador Rock

Av. Francisco Bering, 2-224 - Arpoador, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22080-050, Brazil
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Sittin' on a rock by the bay . . . Rio De Janeiro  Brazil

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Sittin' on a rock by the bay . . .

In Rio, a rocky promontory divides the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. At the end is a large flat rock that was once a place where fishermen harpooned the whales that came to reproduce in the warm waters. Hence the Portuguese name Arpoador, meaning "fisherman who uses harpoon." Today it's a place to sit, watch the surf and surfers, witness the sunset over Ipanema - and enjoy being alive. Free of charge!