Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood, Parque da Catacumba offers breathtaking views after a steep but pleasant hike.

The climb to either viewpoint overlooking Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas is a little intense, but the view from above is more than worth the sweat. Feel free to bring your own water bottle and even your own snacks, but the park does sell refreshments, so you can simply order something there before you hike.

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The free public park is open from Tuesday until Saturday, and it closes at 5 p.m. (17:00). You can use Metrô Rio to get close, and from there, it is approximately a 15-minute walk from the Cantagalo station. There are tourist information signs that direct you just in case you are confused.

Check out more pictures of Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas and Parque da Catacumba below:

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