Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon
Named for a young Portuguese army official who lived in the area in the early 1700s, the history behind the glassy lagoon wasn’t always placid. The first Portuguese settler in the area, Rio governor Antonio Salema, slaughtered the indigenous Temoio Indians with smallpox-infected clothing when he arrived on the scene in 1575 to build a sugar mill. Subsequent conquests have been as recent as the 1960s, when residents of a favela built on a neighboring hillside were forcibly removed and the hill, along with the ramshackle dwellings, was flattened to make way for some of the high-class high-rises that exist today.
Tours & Tickets
Enjoy a leisurely afternoon bike ride in Rio de Janeiro, from the world-famous beaches of Ipanema and Leblon to the parks and sports complexes surrounding ... Read more
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)