Heron sitting on rock in Lagoa.

Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas

Top choice in Gávea, Jardim Botânico & Lagoa

One of the city’s most picturesque spots, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas is encircled by a 7.2km walking and cycling path. Bikes are available for hire from stands along the east side of the lake, as are paddle boats. For those who prefer caipirinhas (cocktails made from limes, sugar, ice and high-proof sugarcane alcohol) to plastic swan boats, the lakeside kiosks on either side of the lake offer alfresco food and drinks, sometimes accompanied by live music on warm nights.

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1. Mirante do Sacopã

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2. Parque da Catacumba


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3. Carpintaria

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4. OM.art

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5. H Stern

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7. Fundação Eva Klabin


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8. Parque Lage

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