We stayed in the centre of Ipanema, close to the beach, the juice bars and beach cafes.
A walking tour revealed clean streets, a gym right on the beach, happy, healthy-looking locals and a keen interest in beach sports.
Taking a drive into the hills around the city gave us a good view of the famous Favelas (the slums), and despite efforts by the city to clean them up, I fear they will always dominate what is, in reality, a beautiful city.
The Brazilians tell you 'Christ is everywhere' - well, that's pretty much the case everywhere in Rio, and Ipanema.
Christ The Redeemer can be viewed from almost any spot in the city.
It is a beautiful city, with friendly locals, gorgeous women, great samba music, and excellent restaurants. It certainly is marred by all the bad things I've already mentioned - but I certainly enjoyed my visit.