Nestled at the foot of Corcovado Mountain, Lagoa's lakeside location offers plenty of space to lounge.

Lagoa’s most stunning attribute is difficult to define. Sprawling under the wide embrace of Corcovado Mountain’s “Christ the Redeemer” statue, this south Rio neighborhood adds a placid blue lake to the city’s aquatic repertoire (as if the appeal of the Atlantic wasn’t enough). A veritable playground surrounds the lake, and Rio’s active residents hike, bike, and meditate along its banks, while the neighborhood’s modern high-rises and convenient kiosks provide recreational necessities and places to relax.

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On the Map

Lagoa is bordered by Gávea, Humaitá, Leblon, Jardim Botânico, Botafogo, Ipanema, and Copacabana

Galeão International Airport: 26 minutes by cab without traffic
Santos Dumont Domestic Airport: 21 minutes by cab without traffic
Ipanema Beach: 8 minutes by cab or 30 minutes by bus
Lapa: 21 minutes by cab or 1 hour by bus
Sugar Loaf Cable Car: 14 minutes by cab or 50 minutes by bus
Corcovado's Train Station: 11 minutes by cab or 40 minutes by bus

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Possible

The Lake By The Ocean

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Surrounding a pristine blue lake, Lagoa nestles itself into the foot of a green mountain.

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Always on the move, Lagoa residents prefer recreation to relaxation. Running paths, biking trails, and basketball courts circumnavigate the neighborhood's lake.

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Of course, they make time for relaxation, too.

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This is still Rio, you see.

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Around the lagoon, there are bike and pedal boat rentals, restaurants, and lots of people exercising. A very pleasant zone!"

Lakeside Recreation In Lagoa

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Lagoa's active lifestyle encourages residents to walk, jog, ride, or paddle boat along its placid water.

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Coconut water is a hot commodity in this recreational respite.

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When it comes to exercise, Lagoa's residents take their activity seriously.

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It helps that Flamengo football club is here. Cariocas ferociously cheer for their favorite Brazilian team.

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In Rio de Janeiro, the soccer field offers an egalitarian atmosphere. Carioca celebrities root alongside Rio's poorest residents.

There are so many cool bars and restaurants around to choose from. It’s also very close to the botanical garden, Ipanema and Copacabana Beach. The neighborhood felt very safe."


Visited in 2012

High-End High Rises

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Lagoa's sleek apartments and couture sculptures hint at the neighborhood's lakeside opulence.

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Its winding streets and secret corridors enliven every walk with a sense of exotic adventure.

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Commonly Carioca: Stress Free Simplicity

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Students, workers, and professionals share Lagoa's tame streets. They share another thing in common, too.

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An appreciation for slow pace.

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And an appreciation for time spent slowly.

Lagoa In Cascading Light

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It's good to be here with you.


Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Andre Joaquim

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Andre is both a dentist and photographer, living in Rio de Janeiro. He has a huge passion for Rio, and after shooting this project for Airbnb, he is certain that there is no place as beautiful as the city placed between the mountain and the sea.

Fabio Blaser

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Fabio Blaser is a Swiss photojournalist based in Rio de Janeiro. Before moving to Brazil, he graduated from the University of Plymouth in the UK. When not behind his camera, he enjoys the beaches, waterfalls, rainforest and Brazilian way of life. He loved the opportunity to shoot the wonderful tropical city that he is privileged to call home for Airbnb.

Sam Comen

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Sam Comen is a 32-year-old bon-vivant and LA native who counts Esquire, Details, Rolling Stone, and The Wall Street Journal among his clients. He has been awarded national grants and honors for his long-term portrait essays. On assignment in Rio de Janeiro for 11 days with Airbnb, Sam came to love and admire the city's environment, natural splendor, and the Cariocas' easy-going attitude.