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The neighborhood that sprang up around Rodrigo de Freitas Lake, in Rio’s South Zone, features residential patches and a laid-back atmosphere.

The area is popular with joggers and cyclists, as well as those attracted by the area’s lively bars and restaurants. To get there from the North Zone, take Tunel Rebouҫas.

Map of Lagoa Rodrigues de Freitas RJ

Map of Lagoa Rodrigues de Freitas RJ

From the West Zone, take Avenida das Américas, followed by Avenida Armando Lombardi, Elevado das Bandeiras, Avenida Professor Mendes de Morais, and Túne Zuzu Angel which opens onto Avenida Borges de Medeiras, one of the neighborhood’s main thoroughfares.


Map of Sport Places in Lagoa Rodrigues de Freitas RJ

Map of Sport Places in Lagoa Rodrigues de Freitas RJ

Lagoa is a salt-water lake, surrounded by mountains and green areas and ringed by the neighborhoods of Humaitá, Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Gavea, and jardim Botanico.

A man-made canal, the Canal do jardim de Alá, connects the lake to the sea. In addition to the 4.5 miles of biking, walking, and jogging paths that ring the lake, the banks feature countless options for sports and outdoor enthusiasts, including parks, paddleboats, kiosks, tennis courts, a roller-skating rink, a skateboarding half pipe, a heliport, and sports clubs.

Visitors can rent bicycles and quadricycles between the parks Corte do Cantagalo and Curva do Calombo, near the paddleboats, and in Parque dos Patins (Skate Park).

The area at the edge of the lake hosts shows and children’s activities. The kiosks offer japanese, Italian, and German cuisine, and keep the area bmy at night with live music performances.

The best kiosks are in Parque dos Patins and Corte do Cantagalo. Some kiosks are also popular breakfast spots on weekends. Other stalls sell coconut water, sodas, and beer.

Avoid poorly-lit areas at night; there is not a large police presence around the lake.

In December, people come from all over the city to see the traditional Christmas tree, glittering with lights. Many find this a less crowded alternative to the New Year’s Eve fireworks show held on Copacabana Beach.

Avenida Epitácio Pessoa (called Avenida Borges de Medeiros in Leblon and Jardim Botanico).


Nicknamed Parque da Catacumba (Catacomb Park), Parque Carlos Lacerda is near Corte do Cantagalo. Scattered among the park’s beautifill fruit trees are some thirty sculptures by artists such as Roberto Moriconi, Bruno Giorgi, and Caribé.

A short (but tiring) climbing trail winds up Morro dos Cabritos to Mirante do Sacopã (Sacopã Lookout), some 140 yards up (Avenida Epitácio Pessoa, 3000).

The area surrounding the lake is made up of a number of smaller parks within the larger Parque Tom Jobim. Parque dos Patins (formerly known as Espaҫo Vitor Assis Brasil) features a roller-skating rink, an amphitheater, a soccer field, multi use sports facilities, a playground, a busy cultural program, and activities for children (Avenida Borges de Medeiros).

Parque das Taboas, between the Clube de Regatas Flamengo and Clube Caiҫaras, has soccer fields, tennis courts, and a mini-ramp for skateboards (Avenida Borges de Medeiros).

Parque do Cantagalo, in front of Corte do Cantagalo, has baseball, soccer, hockey facilities, as well as paddle boats (Avenida Epitácio Pessoa).


Nighttime revelers are drawn primarily to the kiosks around the lake. Getting a table in the summer takes patience, but it’s worth the wait.

The pleasant Palaphita Kitch has an extensive menu of northeastern Brazilian dishes. The great drinks, pleasant background music, and al fresco tables make it an ideal place to chat with friends (Parque das Taboas, kiosk 20, Avenida Borges de Medeiros).

Cafe Del Lago features Italian cuisine (mostly meat and pasta dishes, plus pizzas) and live Brazilian music (Parque dos Patins, Avenida Borges de Medeiros, kiosk 8).

One of the busiest kiosks is Arab, which specializes in Syrian and Lebanese food. Arab is also a great spot for live music, with a range of different Brazilian musical traditions featured regularly (Parque dos Patins, kiosks 7, Avenida Borges de Medeiros).

Popular with locals and visitors alike, Sushi Bar Lagoa complements its menu of drinks, Japanese food, and traditional appetizers such as bolinho de bacalhau (cod fritters) with a nightly lineup of live music (Parque dos Patins, kiosk 6, Avenida Borges de Medeiros).


There are several athletic clubs in the area around Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, many of them excellent examples of Modernist architecture. Designed by Americo Rodrigues Campelo in 1948, Clube de Regatas Vasco da Gama stands on cylindrical piles.

The building that houses the club’s rowboats features a tiled panel designed by Roberto Burle Marx (Rua General Tasso Fragoso, 65).

The Clube dos Caiҫaras boathouse, designed by Ivan Oest de Carvalho in 1961, has a simple design, with exposed concrete, brick walls, and ceramic brise soleils (Avenida Epitácio Pessoa, near Praҫa Jardim de Alá).

In Clube Monte Libano (1946) , architect João Khair made ample use of domes and slanting planes (Avenida Borges de Medeiros, 701), Carlos Frederico Ferreira and Raif César Habib built Associaҫão Atletica do Banco do Brasil (1955), an athletic facility with two buildings connected by sports fields (Avenida Borges de Medeiros, 829).


Its name literally translating to „Cradle Work,“ this was noted Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer’s first project. Built in 1937 to house a creche and maternity ward, the design showcases the play of volumes and light forms that is a hallmark of all Niemeyer’s work. Rua Cícero Góis Monteiro, 19, Lagoa.


The former personal residence of art collector Eva Klabin, this gallery opened to the public in 1995 to exhibit her personal collection. The house was one of the first in the area around Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, built in 1931.

When Klabin bought the building in 1952, she immediately began renovations, most notably adding classical lines and details to the structure. The collection itself is displayed in ten different rooms.

There are over 2600 catalogued pieces, including works by 18th –century English artists like Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Lawrence, and Thomas Gainsborough, as well as Italian renaissance masters such as Tintoretto, Botticelli, Donatello, and Della Robbia.

Other highlights of the collection are the ancient Egyptian and Roman pieces (such as sculptures, bottles, and even a cat sarcophagus), 17th -century Dutch and Flemish works by Gerard ter Borch and Rembrandt, Tang dynasty terra cottas, bronzes from the first Chinese dynasties, and an important collection of decorative arts.

The foundation also hosts excellent contemporary art exhibitions. Avenida Epitácio Pessoa, 2480, Lagoa.

Lagoa Rodrigues de Freitas travel guide and tourism information such as festivals, maps, activities and attractions in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Brazil Travel Guide

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