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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  • Hot Beach without great snippet "riots". To recommend staying near the children in the Helm, leaning against the Hill.
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  • Recently went to Leme beach and also made it to the Fort of Leme which is on top of the hill. It is a very safe place to go as it is part of the military service and it has a nice cobble stoned path a...  more »
  • View all Copacabana from here is not to be missed, not see it is like not to come to Rio de Janeiro... This time we enjoyed it on December 24, and river is deserted on this date in the night, but the area is so beautiful that you can enjoy the same. Bound picture
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Accommodations in Rio de Janeiro cover as diverse a spectrum as the city itself. At the top end, you can find plenty of luxury hotels along the beaches of Zona Sul, the city's southern zone, which includes the renowned Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. For something to suit a budget, but with good beach access, look around the less crowded neighborhoods of Catele and Flamengo. If you want to stay as centrally as possible, without feeling like you're in a business district, look for lodgings in the colorful, bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa.
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