One of the city’s most picturesque spots, Lagoa (full name Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas) is the stunningly beautiful lake that sits behind Ipanema. With a 7.5km walking / bike path circulating the Lagoon, it's the perfect place to go for a relaxing stroll anytime of day, but especially nice when the sun is going down. Christ the Redeemer will most likely accompany you no matter what part of the lagoon you're at.
Lagoa is located near the center of the map, sitting behind Ipanema and Copacabana.
Around the Lagoon you'll find various bars and restaurants to stop and enjoy the scenery. A budget option that lots of people enjoy doing is to have a picnic, pick a spot and watch the sunset go down without the high prices.
A nice restaurant with a menu of German inspiration
Great location with rustic wooden furniture outside looking over the lagoon, perfect for sunset. But be aware, it comes with a price, definitely one of the more expensive options for drinks and the snacks it offers. The menu is amazon-influenced. Below you can see the view a few steps outside the restaurant at sunset...
More top views and a good idea if you fancy a change, offering quality arabian food.
A street away from the Lagoon itself, Mamma Jammas serves top quality pizzas
Bikes are available to rent for around 20R an hour.
Renting a pedalinho (paddle boat) at the lagoon is among couples’ favorite things to do in Rio de Janeiro. They cost around 20R for every 30 minutes on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. You'll find them located nearby Parque Cantagalo, the area in the lagoon nearby Copacabana
Going with the family? You can rent bikes for the family with a seat for 4 on the back and 2 young kids on the front, they'll even think they're doing the driving!
Be like a local! Really blend in with the Cariocas (nickname for locals) by going for a jog, walk, bike ride, cycle or skate around the Lagoon.
As well as the walking / cycling track, there are free to use basketball courts, football pitches, tennis courts and a skateboard ramp
It's a great spot to go for a picnic once the sun has cooled down a bit later in the day, even take a bottle of wine if that's your thing
Look out for Capybara's around the Lagoon! The large, hamster like animals live round it and often you'll see a family of them going about their day
It's not advisable to stay round the lagoon too late, despite an increased security presence of late, some area's can get quite dark and quiet after around 8pm. Just use common sense
Many years ago, the Lagoon used to have wild dolphins swimming in it
The Olympics will have various events held in the Lagoon. Namely Rowing and sailing
Lots of families hold birthday parties for their kids around the lagoon, there's various nice open grassy areas on the side nearest to Copacabana
Every Christmas time towards the end of November, Rio de Janeiro kicks off it's Christmas season with fireworks over what is officially the worlds largest Floating Christmas tree that sits on the Lagoon. It is hugely popular and thousands of locals and tourist come each night to see the 278 feet tall tree with over 3 million lights! It remains lit until around January 6th.
You can get a helipcopter from the side of the Lagoon and make a tour of the most famous sites in Rio