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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.
Located in Copacabana, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Avenida Atlantica and Copacabana Beach. Ipanema Beach and Copacabana Fort are also within 2 mi (3 km). Siqueira Campos Station is 6 minutes by foot and Cantagalo Station is 11 minutes.
Located in Copacabana, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk, just steps from Copacabana Beach and Avenida Atlantica. Praia do Leme and Chacrinha State Park are also within 15 minutes. Cardeal Arcoverde Station is 8 minutes by foot and Siqueira Campos Station is 10 minutes.
Nestled on the beach, this Copacabana hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Copacabana Beach and Avenida Atlantica. Ipanema Beach and Copacabana Fort are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cantagalo Station is 10 minutes by foot and Ipanema-General Osorio Station is 14 minutes.
Located in Copacabana, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within a 5-minute walk of Copacabana Beach and Avenida Atlantica. Sugar Loaf Mountain and Ipanema Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km). Cardeal Arcoverde Station is 5 minutes by foot and Siqueira Campos Station is 15 minutes.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Copacabana hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Copacabana Beach and Copacabana Fort. Sugar Loaf Mountain and Parque Henrique Lage are also within 3 mi (5 km). Siqueira Campos Station is 8 minutes by foot and Cantagalo Station is 15 minutes.
Located in Ipanema, this beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Posto 9, Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, and Copacabana Beach. Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden and Rio Sul Shopping Mall are also within 6 mi (10 km). Nossa Senhora da Paz Station is 8 minutes by foot and Ipanema-General Osorio Station is 10 minutes.
Located in Lagoa, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, Parque Henrique Lage, and Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. Christ the Redeemer and Ipanema Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Offering direct access to the beach, this Copacabana hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Copacabana Beach and Copacabana Fort. Sugar Loaf Mountain and Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden are also within 6 mi (10 km). Cantagalo Station is 7 minutes by foot and Siqueira Campos Station is 16 minutes.