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Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon

Situated at the heart of Zona Sul and all but completely separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the upscale district of Ipanema, Rodrigo de Freitas Lake has been among Rio’s most distinguishing natural landmarks since the city was first established in the 16th century. In the shadow of Corcovado and covering nearly a square mile in surface area, the lagoon lends its name to the adjacent garden district of Lagoa and serves as a recreational area and beauty spot for local residents, with nearly 3 miles of bike and jogging trails, boathouses for rowing, and several exclusive social clubs located along the edge of the 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.  

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Rio de Janeiro Bike Tour: Ipanema, Leblon and Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, Rio de Janeiro, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Rio de Janeiro Bike Tour: Ipanema, Leblon and Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon

3 star rating: Worth doing 40 Reviews

Enjoy a leisurely bike ride in Rio de Janeiro, from the world-famous beaches of Ipanema and Leblon to the parks and sports complexes surrounding Rodrigo de ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $36.99
Rio de Janeiro Bike Tour Including Vermelha Beach and Arpoador, Rio de Janeiro, Bike & Mountain ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Rio de Janeiro Bike Tour Including Vermelha Beach and Arpoador

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 192 Reviews

Enjoy a bike tour of Rio de Janeiro's "zona sul". In a small group, you will visit Rio's main sights. Cycling is the best way to cover long distances ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $25.00
Private Kids Photo Tour Including Lagoa Aventura, Rio de Janeiro, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Private Kids Photo Tour Including Lagoa Aventura

This is a private tour full of activities for the little ones, visiting the two favorite kid spots of Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, Lagoa Aventura and Parque dos ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00
Small-Group Ultimate Bike Tour from Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Small-Group Ultimate Bike Tour from Rio de Janeiro

Take part in this bicycle based 7-hour tour of the South Zone and Old City of Rio de Janeiro. See popular beaches such as Copacabana and Ipanema before viewing ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $91.53
Private Tour: Rio de Janeiro Eco Tour at Tijuca National Park, Rio de Janeiro, Bike & Mountain Bike ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Private Tour: Rio de Janeiro Eco Tour at Tijuca National Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Enjoy a full of green city tour, with beautiful views, hiking in the Tijuca Forest and a refreshing waterfall. Your tour includes transport and a professional ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $166.90
Santa Marta Favela Walking Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Eco Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Santa Marta Favela Walking Tour

Visiting the favela of Santa Marta, one of Rio's hundreds of "favelas" (the Brazilian term for a slum or shantytown), is a local experience that gives ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.00
City Tour of Rio de Janeiro with Lunch, Rio de Janeiro, Cultural Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

City Tour of Rio de Janeiro with Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 24 Reviews

Enjoy a city tour of Rio de Janeiro with a knowledgeable guide. See the main sights and landmarks and discover the best of what this wonderful city has to ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $171.62
Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour, Rio de Janeiro, City Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 9

Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 13171 Reviews

Combine two of Rio's most popular tours on a full-day excursion packed with breathtaking views. In the morning, you'll enjoy a panoramic city tour and have the ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $150.29
Rio de Janeiro Helicopter Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Full-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 9

Rio de Janeiro Helicopter Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 735 Reviews

What could be better than a sightseeing tour of Rio de Janeiro from the air? From the vantage point of a helicopter, you'll have unforgettable views of this ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $243.99
Rio de Janeiro Shore Excursion: Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 9

Rio de Janeiro Shore Excursion: Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 154 Reviews

Combine two of Rio's most popular tours on a full-day shore excursion packed with breathtaking views. Int he morning, you'll enjoy a panoramic city tour and ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $166.99

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