Pedra de Arpoador
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- Pedra de ArpoadorMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 3Nov 16, 2013
The Arpoador is a rock formation that divides Ipanema and Copacabana beaches. It's special because from the top of the rock you can watch one of the most beautiful sunsets you'll ever see, facing Ipanema beach. People even applaud when it sets.
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- Pedra de ArpoadorOct 06, 2012
Arpoador (literally, the harpoon thrower) is an affluent neighborhood located on the southern zone of the city Rio de Janeiro, in a small peninsula between Ipanema and Copacabana.
During some time around midsummer it is possible, from Arpoador, to see the sun setting over the sea, a rare event on the generally eastward-facing Brazilian coast. In these occasions crowds gather around the place and cheer when the sun disappears.
Arpoador is mostly known for being one of the best metropolitan surf spots in Rio de Janeiro. The rock outcropping creates stable left breakers up to 7–10 feet high (wave face measure, as Brazilians do).
Given its metropolitan location, crowds are ferocious and competitive. Given the fact that waves start to break against the rock on a good day, and that a strong riptide along the promontory creates a quick re-entry, the take-off point is very small and only locals (or visiting professional-level surfers) have a shot at it.