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Leme, Rio de Janeiro
(4.4/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
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. Use our Rio de Janeiro vacation trip planner to add Leme and other attractions to your Rio de Janeiro vacation plans.
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  • Great neighborhood and a beach very interesting and full of beautiful people. Occasionally, strong waves. I liked. Charming!
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  • A neighborhood where people greet one another, where you shop, gift shop, coffee shop on the corner. And the splendid sea, and stone. How is a corner that does not pass anywhere, it's quiet. Too good.
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  • It's a very nice neighborhood to walk because it is just before Copacabana, and very close to the Center. Very hot beach is a place of beautiful people, and on the South side of the city.
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