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Leme, Rio de Janeiro

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Neighborhood Tourist Spot
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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Where to stay in Rio de Janeiro

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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  • Quiet and very beatifull place. Very close to Copacabana. Have nice restaurants. The beach is not crowd.  more »
  • On the eastern end of Copacabana & as such is very similar however Ave Atlantic having no through traffic here it is a little quieter & more intimate  more »
  • Leme beach is beautiful, a bit less crowded than its prosecution, the famous Copacabana beach. When I lived in Rio de Janeiro I enjoyed very much this beach. There is a number of nice restaurants and ...  more »