Leme, Rio de Janeiro

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Tourists often overlook this small, affluent neighborhood, boasting the same beautiful beach as Copacabana, but you should join the local residents enjoying the quiet, laid-back vibes of not only their part of the beach, but the excellent restaurants and bars too. Another attraction of Leme is Morro de Leme, a small 210 m (700 ft) mountain, and if you take the cobblestone path that winds up through lush tropical rainforest, along the way, you will see a wide variety of native flora and fauna, as well as the 14 “Stations of the Cross”, beautifully depicted in bronze and copper. At the top is Forte do Leme, built in 1777 to protect Brazil from a Spanish invasion, and now a tourist attraction with fantastic views of Rio, Pão de Açúcar--Sugarloaf Mountain--, and across Guanabara Bay as far as Fortaleza de Santa Cruz, in Niterói. Look to the trees and you will see Sagui monkeys; if you bring some fruit, you will make several new friends. Put Leme into our Rio de Janeiro journey planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Rio de Janeiro.
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  • At post 1 starts the rudder. Be sure to go to the rock of the Rudder. If you are brave, go for a swim along with the "local". But be careful, avoid. Do not scroll to the bottom of the stone, if it is not frequented. Is a narrow sidewalk and you must avoid being trapped. Feel quiosks us. Follow any display of capoeira. Tip almost entirely residential. Sea generally calmer.
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  • Leme beach is the end or beginning of Copacabana beach. There is an army fort and a path along the rocks over the sea!  more »
  • I especially love the rudder. Being an extension of Copacabana, this however not to be passing route, which gives you a more intimate and less invasive to the beach, because it is closed between the sea and the mountains with just one hand , which gives a atmosphere reserved for those who do not want to be in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the South. Has bars and hotels very nice, closing in a square hot at the end, next to the rock. The bucolic air of Rudder gives a feeling of protection than the other beaches don't have.
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