Every day, even before the first rays of sun, it welcomes its first guests: rowers, cyclists, joggers. Little by little, others join in: babies, mothers, nannies, sailors, lovers. All of them a dedicated supporting cast to a daily spectacle starred by waters which sparkle 24 hours a day.
Lagoa is not very visited by tourists but it´s one of the most pleasant neighbourhoods in Rio and a real nice place to go and meet cariocas and relax if you get tired of the hustle and bustle of the big city.
Lagoa means lagoon in portugese and that is just what it is.
It´s a laggon that is connected to the sea with a couple of little canals and it´s a popular place to go sailing and you can rent little boats there too.
There is also a jogging/cycling path all around the lagoon so you wills ee plenty of locals exercising there.
Referred to as Lagoa for short, the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas is a large lagoon in southern Rio de Janeiro. It is bordered by Ipanema and Leblon to the south, the Botanical Garden to the west, and Morro do Corcovado, the mountain on which the giant Cristo Redentor statue is situated, to the north. The lagoon is connected to the ocean via a canal that separates Ipanema from Leblon. The built up area around the lagoon, other than Ipanema and Leblon, is also known as Lagoa and is mainly residential. The long scenic road encircling the lagoon, under the names Avenida Borges de Medeiros and Avenida Epitácio Pessoa, attracts locals who come here for walks, jogs, and meals at the numerous restaurants bordering the shore. In Christmas time, a giant cone for a Christmas Tree is placed at the centre of the lagoon and is magnificently lit up at night.
This Lagoon is situated in a center of Zona Sul (south zone). The South Zone is the most beautiful, pleasant and valorized area. The Laggon links Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon and Botafogo. It's an incredible view!! Around the 8 km of the lake, locals use to exercise. And there are many kiosques around...some with restaurants, bars, or even life music. You can't miss it.
Lagoa Rodrigos de Freitas is the huge lake under the right arm-pit of Christ the Redeemer, at Corcovado.
The lake is used for boating activities but please do not swim in there as it is horrendously polluted. It is still connected to the ocean with a canal that divides Leblon beach from Ipanema.
There is a restaurant area, a very pretty place, lined with kiosks, restaurants and bars, offering various types of food and 'live' music. There are also some wholesome recreational family activities to do, like rent a 2-person (seated side-by-side) cycle thingie and have a go around the lake. Indeed, a very pleasant place to spend an evening.
I certainly recommend you to drop by on a fine evening, having drinks and 'sorvetes' (ice-cream) and enjoying the music.
Surrounded by Rio’s favourite neighborhoods _ Lagoa, Ipanema, Leblon, Gávea e Jardim Botânico – framed by mountains and embraced by Christ the Redeemer, the Lagoon is an impressive sight at sunset as the light reflects on its serene quiet waters and it becomes a meeting place for cariocas and visitors.
The banks of the lagoon contain one of the best-equipped leisure areas in the city and invite the visitor to go walking, jogging or cycling on bicycles hired on the spot. There are 3 parks that offer countless sporting and gastronomic options.
It's a delightful place to go unwind and relax for a couple of hours.
When I arrived in Rio, very late at night, a taxi took me from the airport to the San Marco Hotel in Ipanema. Shortly before reaching the hotel, we went near this lagoon. It was a full-moon night and that, together with the lightening of the lagoon, made the view simply magical. I was so impressed I even found it more charming than Geneva's Lake Léman at night.
But the magical view is not the only thing you could find in this place. The Lagoa area is full of restaurants, discos, sport areas (especially for cycling) and other for leisure activities. It is also very close to the Ipanema beach, just eight blocks away. Besides the beach, this is another great spot to hang out, either alone or with friends.
Famous natural park for the Rio's population, full of places for walking and great little quiosks with typical food! :) and also one of the most expensive places in rio to live.
From the hill of dona Marta you can see the whole neighborhood with the blessing of the BIG GUY....The Christ!
Also known as just " a Lagoa" it is a "landmark" and place with lots of inexpensive fun activites, frequented by Carioca's, who bring their kids, dogs, and family members. If you are an early riser, or need some exercise, the Lagoa is at it's best early in the morning, a beautiful 6 mile run or walk takes you all the way around. There are several parks on it's shores, one where you can rent bikes, or Swan pedal boats for almost nothing. There are skateboard rinks, and dog training spots. The quiosques that surround the Lago offer great food and drinks at bargin prices. A great place to sit...sip and catch a sunset with the Brasileros. On the weekends you might find a party, or a special event, and you can easily find traditional Brazilian music. Stop at one of the many Coco Gelado stands called Coco Legal (Cool coconuts), for a refreshing fresh cold coconut. Hanging around the Lagoa both during the day and night is a great place to meet friendly Carioca's who are always willing to have a converstion and give good advice to travelers.
If you walk inland from Ipanema (I took the street bordering the canal between Ipanema and Leblon) you can get to a lake in the middle of the city. There is a track that runs around the perimeter (I think it has a couple of mile circumference) if you're interested in exercising (I walked it several times). There are some basketball courts there which were the only ones I noticed during my stay in the city for those that care. It's very pretty to walk both during the day and night with a good side view of corcovado/christo.
A lagoa e um dos lugares mais legais do Rio para se visitar. Voce pode ir la de dia e ficar admirando a paisagem, tomando um ar fresco e caminhando, e também pode frequentar a noite os quiosques, que ficao lotados de gente de todas as idades
The Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon is one of the coolest places in Rio, you can go there, furing the day, to walk or just to hang out and enjoy the sightseeing, or you can go there at night, at one of the bars along the lagoon, where people of all ages get together to hang out .
One of my first images of Rio was on the way to my hotel from the airport. It was pouring rain and there was a guy wading in the lagoon ( lagoa in Portuguese) with a fishing rod in hand. During the day, this area is normally filled with locals skating, jogging or doing some form of recreational activity around the lagoon. At night, it's packed with people frequenting the many clubs and restaurants.