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Parque Henrique Lage

A lavish Italian villa, hidden caves, miles of trails and views to the statue Christ the Redeemer await at this park at the base of Rio’s Corcovado Mountain.  

Spread over 129 acres (52 hectares) of rainforest at the base of Corcovado is Parque Henrique Lage. It features miles of intersecting trails, an antique palazzo and a trail leading up to Corcovado’s peak. Tour the park overlooked by Rio’s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, then hike up to the statue to look over the park and the surrounding city.

Start your visit to the park by touring the Italian villa at its front. The villa was created in 1922 by the park’s namesake, Brazilian businessman Henrique Lage. Today, the building serves as the Parque Lage School of Visual Arts (Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage), and it is open to visitors. Walk through the halls and see art students working on paintings and drawings. Go to the balcony over the villa’s central pool and look up into the hills for an incredible view of Corcovado and Christ the Redeemer.

Wander into the surrounding garden. Dotted with ponds and crisscrossed with paths, this pleasantly shaded area provides a peaceful place to walk. Find the artificial caves carved into the surrounding hills, some of which feature aquariums. Children will love looking into each of the 12 tanks around the area to see a variety of fish found in Brazilian lakes and rivers.

Experienced hikers can climb the trail leading through the rainforest behind Parque Henrique Lage. The trail runs through the hills and will eventually bring you to the summit of Corcovado. Be sure to travel in a large group, as some tourists have been robbed while hiking this trail.

After visiting the park, head to the nearby Botanical Gardens (Jardim Botânico). These gardens, covering 338 acres (137 hectares), highlight indigenous species, as well as plants from around the world. There is a fee for admission.

Parque Henrique Lage is located on the northern side of Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, which lies just north of Ipanema Beach. Reach it via bus or car. Parking is available for a fee at the park and on the surrounding streets. The park is open daily from morning until early evening and can be accessed for free.


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Hotel Atlântico Rio

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    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Copacabana, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rua Barata Ribeiro and Avenida Atlantica. Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cantagalo Station is only a 2-minute walk and Siqueira Campos Station is 14 minutes.

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    The Hostel Rio de Janeiro

    The Hostel Rio de Janeiro

    Rua Jardim Botanico, 448, Jardim Botanico, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Lagoa, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Parque Henrique Lage and Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. Christ the Redeemer and Ipanema Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      GoHouse Diamantina 102
      GoHouse Diamantina 102

      GoHouse Diamantina 102

      Rua Diamantina, 13, apto 102, Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Zona Sul, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. Ipanema Beach and Christ the Redeemer are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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        Casa Marques Jardim Botânico

        Casa Marques Jardim Botânico

        R. Maria Eugênia 448, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Zona Sul, this vacation home is 0.6 mi (1 km) from CASV Visa Applicant Service Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden and Avenida Atlantica. Copacabana Beach and Christ the Redeemer are also within 3 mi (5 km). Botafogo Station is 30 minutes by foot.

          Casa Amarela Guest House - ZONA SUL
          Casa Amarela Guest House - ZONA SUL

          Casa Amarela Guest House - ZONA SUL

          Rua Miguel Pereira,95, Humaita, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Zona Sul, this pousada is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from CASV Visa Applicant Service Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Avenida Atlantica and Copacabana Beach. Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden and Sugar Loaf Mountain are also within 3 mi (5 km). Botafogo Station is 29 minutes by foot.

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            Ótimo Flat 3 Quartos Vista Cristo Redentor

            Ótimo Flat 3 Quartos Vista Cristo Redentor

            Av. Epitácio Pessoa 4530, ap603, Edifício Lagoa First Lagoa, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Lagoa, this apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and within 3 mi (5 km) of Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden and Avenida Atlantica. Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              GoHouse Lacerda 605
              GoHouse Lacerda 605

              GoHouse Lacerda 605

              249 Rua Viúva Lacerda, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Zona Sul, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of CASV Visa Applicant Service Center and Corcovado. Copacabana Beach and Avenida Atlantica are also within 3 mi (5 km). Botafogo Station is 26 minutes by foot.

                Hotel Astoria Palace ¥3,411
                Hotel Astoria Palace

                Hotel Astoria Palace

                Av. Atlantica 1866, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Offering direct access to the beach, this Copacabana hotel is in the entertainment district and within a 5-minute walk of Copacabana Beach and Avenida Atlantica. Ipanema Beach and Copacabana Fort are also within 2 mi (3 km). Cardeal Arcoverde Station is 25 minutes by foot.