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Rodrigo de Freitas Lake

Address: Avenida Epitacio Pessoa, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22471-001, Brazil (Lagoa)
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Ranked #23 of 313 Attractions in Rio de Janeiro
Type: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Fee: No
Owner description: Primarily a recreation area for Cariocas, the 5-mile pathway circling...
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Type: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Primarily a recreation area for Cariocas, the 5-mile pathway circling the lake is popular for walkers, skaters, and cyclists. In the evening there may be live music, and kiosks serving drinks and food.
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Pacific Pines, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

The views are nice and plenty of locals come here for a walk, ride a bicycle or mind dogs. There are some restaurants and condos overlooking the lake. The water is dirty and smelly so swimming is not advisable, at least not for me and my family.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I walked around this on separate days during my stay in Rio. Sad to see people throw their trash on the side of what could be a beautiful lake. There are trash cans everywhere in the city and not very many people know how to use them.

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Rio de Janeiro
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The "Lagoon", or the "Lake", as you wish, is a must-see attraction in Rio. Either for a jogging (of 7,5 kilometers is the complete distance) or to watch the sunset, the Lagoon has always been part of any Carioca life. This weekend we decided me and my girlfriend decided to go for a picnic. The colours of the sun towards... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

I was disappointed in this considering some of the reviews. It is a large lake, a short distance inland from Ipanema. There is a walkway around the lake, shared with cyclists and skaters. For a lot of it the road traffic is very close and the path is not very wide so its not really a relaxing walk. There are... More 

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Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Just a lake with a cycling/walking trail around it. It looks like its more for the "cariocas" that live around it to enjoy, then for tourists. few nice bars, we found.

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Sao Leopoldo, RS
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Rodrigo de Freitas lake is a good place for some relaxing time in Rio de Janeiro. You will have a nice view and some trees to sit under it. It is a good option to go while you wait for your time to go up in the Christ during high season (e.g. I bought the tickets in counter for Christ... More 

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OTTAWA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Definitely a must see in Rio! Take the 4km jog around the lake to experience life as a citizen of Rio. The views are beautiful. It was so peaceful to have such a big lake in the urban center. Bravo urban planners, bravo!

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Great place to enjoy a sunny day. You can for sure enjoy your self renting a bike, run, doing a picnic or a simple walking. It is possible to see the christ and some peaks from there which makes the experience amazing. There are a lot of places to eat within a walikng distance. It is also possible to wakeboard... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

If you want to enjoy the lake, the plan is easy, rent a bike for one hour, and turns around the lake, very nice plan to do.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is a typical place in Rio, where you will find the South zone style. See and be seen, jog, bike, have a beer... A good walking program anytime.

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