Forte Duque de Caxias, Rio de Janeiro

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Tourist Spot
For stunning views of Rio and its attractions, visit Forte Duque de Caxias, a fort built to defend Rio, located on the east end of Copacabana Beach and perched atop Leme Hill. Admission to the fort requires a 1km (0.6 mile) walk up a cobblestone street through the restored rainforest. Don't be surprised if you see marmosets, lizards, various birds, and even monkeys along the way. Learn about the military history from the various artifacts and information panels. The best part of Forte Duque de Caxias is the breathtaking view of Copacabana Beach, Guanabara Bay, Sugarloaf Mountain, and the Redeemer Statue in the distance. To visit Forte Duque de Caxias on your holiday in Rio de Janeiro, and find out what else Rio de Janeiro has to offer, use our Rio de Janeiro holiday planner.
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  • It's a long walk up Forte Duque de Caxias, also known as Forte de Leme, is easy and offers you a nice view over Copacabana and the comunities "favelas" you also have the nice view from Sugar Loaf. Her...  more »
  • At the end of Leme Beach, you will find a military area, this is the entrance for the trail that will take you to the fort. It costs R$4,00 and its a safe area, great for those who likes nature and gr...  more »
  • A interesting historical place, with gears of the beginnig of XX century. Excelent place for brunch at Colombo.  more »
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  • FORTE DUQUE de CAXIAS or FORT LEME is a unique sight seeing point of Rio de Janeiro. Wonderful views from Copacabana-posto 6, Corcovado Mt. with Christ statue, Leme, to Sugar Loaf and Guanabara Bay. First you must go up in a curved street to the top. On the way you meet little monkeys begging for food. They eat out of your hand. Full entrance R 4. Open from Tuesday to Sunday (9:30h - 17:00h).
  • Never misses this place. The food is expensive, but the place holds a good view and a great history. You shouldnt expend more than 2 hours there to see everything. Go in the weekdays, weekeends are too crouded.
  • Spectacular panoramic views are the reward for reaching the fort after a stiff climb. Inside the fort itself there are some small exhibitions and historical displays. Lots of monkeys around on the roof with the gun implacements. A café and a shop would be welcome additions.
  • Excellent point of view of Copacabana beach and entrance of the Guanabara bay. Intresting fortification smaller than the fort of Copacabana. Take your time to grow up there especially if it us a sunny day.
  • Well worth the walk. Very helpful crew.