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“Great spot - much to see.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Rodrigo de Freitas Lake

Rodrigo de Freitas Lake
Avenida Epitacio Pessoa, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22471-001, Brazil (Lagoa)
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Ranked #22 of 338 Attractions in Rio de Janeiro
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
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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.
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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“Great spot - much to see.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

The Lagoa is amazing. Spanning 7 km's, it is actually possible to do the tour in a little over an hour. On bike. There's plenty of people watching and a few park close by. Especially Shopping Lagoon in front of Flamengo's HQ is great for lunch (although pricey) with a stunning view. And also the childrens park ny the parking lot a little further ahead on Avenida Borges de Medeiros is so nice. And the "Quiosque Arabe" on the waterfront serves delicious arab dishes. You can rent all kinds of bikes and have great fun there.
The Eva Klabin foundation is situated by the Lagoon, ans so is also the Parque da Catacumba - Catacombs park.

Visited September 2012
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“Oh Yeah, That's What I Like”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

So you visited the Christ Statue and Sugar Loaf and want to get away from the crowds. There is a big lake in the middle of Rio de Janeiro that many tourists miss. Don't.

Rent a bike, a paddle boat or just take a leisurely walk. Stop and have a drink or get something to eat. All the while take in some great views of the city and see how the locals keep in shape.

Visited March 2013
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“Nice walk”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

When in Rio, I always like to go for a walk7run around the lake. Nice views of the Corcovado, and possible to combine with a trip to Parque Lage, Jardin Botanicos or a trip to Ipanema. There are often people running, cycling and generally exercising on the trail around the lake, but equally it is nice to just take a stroll and stop for a coffee or coconut at one of the lakeside vendors.

Visited February 2013
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“Beautiful to walk around and take pictures”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

It's the rich folk's area. To say that it's beautiful does not describe it well.It' much more than that. LOTS OF PICKPOCKETS AND PURSE AND CAMERA SNATCHERS AROUND.

Visited November 2012
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“The World's Biggest Floating Christmas Tree”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

About 10 years ago the city of Rio began erecting a giant metal Christmas tree on a floating pier in the middle of the lake. At night it is lighted and changes both design and colour every few seconds. It attracts Cariocas (Rio residents) by the thousands but police keep the traffic moving. Hint: On the west side of the lake is a smallparking area that your taxi driver may be able to talk his way in to for a couple minutes if you want to take pictures. Otherwise, you will need to find a place for your taxi to drop you and pick you up--difficult because the police do not let cars stop on the ring road--except at lights.

Visited December 2012
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