SEVENSEAS Marine Conservation & Travel Issue 15, August 2016 - Page 61

Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon, or simply Lagoa [above] Start with a 7.5km bike ride around what is the lake neighboring Ipanema, Leblon, Jardim Botânico, and Gávea neighborhoods. Go early in the morning to move your legs and grab one or two real coconut waters from one of the kiosks as a reward. Don’t be scared at the speed and size of knife that will be used to open the coconut for you- thewse people know what they're doing!

Arpoador [left] is where Ipanema beach ends and meets Copacabana beach. Walk towards the rocks and you will come across a breath-taking 360 of the ocean. Sunsets are not to be missed!