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Lagoa in Rio

History of Lagoa district

The district owes its name to Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon (Lagoa in Portuguese).
Originally a sugar cane "fazenda" and the gunpowder factory, this area became residential when Rua São Clemente was opened and when buses started reaching the South Zone.

Recently a local newspaper has portrait this district as the one with the highest Human Development Rates in Rio de Janeiro and one of the highest in Brazil as a whole.

Lagoa has the third most expensive district in Rio due to the lack of empty land with the lagoon waterfront square metre, just behind Ipanema (Avenida Vieira Souto) and Leblon (Avenida Delfim Moreira). There are no favelas in this district.

Lagoa is still a mainly residential area and it does not have as many shops as neighbouring Ipanema, Leblon and Copacabana. Most shops are restaurants or stands near the waterfront.

Sub-areas of Lagoa

Lagoa can be divided in the following sub-areas:

- Fonte da Saudade - Curva do Calombo - Cantagalo - Lado de Ipanema - Lado do Leblon - Lado do Jardim Botânico

Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas is a very sought after leisure area to practice sports such as water-ski and canoeing. There is a 7,5 kilometres bike line that surrounds the lagoon.

The district has many parks and squares and is very green. The main parks are Parque do Cantagalo, Parque das Taboas, Parque da Catacumba and Parque dos Patins.

The population of Lagoa is 18,500, low if you consider de area of the neighbourhood. That is because Lagoa is occupied by parks, preservation areas and the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon.

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