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Lagao Rodrigues de Freitas, or Lagoa as it is popularly known, is Rio's beautiful city lake and yet another postcard perfect scene in this city of so many natural wonders. The vast stretch of water... Read More
Lagao Rodrigues de Freitas, or Lagoa as it is popularly known, is Rio's beautiful city lake and yet another postcard perfect scene in this city of so many natural wonders. The vast stretch of water is flanked by jungle-clad, cloud-swathed mountains, and ringed by a seven-kilometer walking, running and cycling track that is a major draw for health-conscious locals. Tourists flock to take swan pedal boats out into the water, and this is a great place for a family day out. Cafes, bars and restaurants around the lake make pleasant places of a cooling drink and a revitalising bite to eat, and are often filled with the sound of live music after dark.
Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas
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- Best for Holiday Attractions Because: The giant Christmas tree at the center of the lake is a major attraction, and the switch-on features live bands and attracts huge crowds
- Best for Things to Do with Kids Because: Visitors can rent a pedal boat and take to the waters, or a four-person bike for a family ride around the lake.
- Best for Outdoor Activities Because: Visitors can take a boat onto the lake or run, cycle, or stroll the 7km perimeter.
- Best for Sightseeing Because: Rio's mountain-flanked city lake is another of the city's postcard-perfect spots.