By Fiona Hurrell, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Most guide books will undoubtedly recommend visiting the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas for its beauty, but the area is more than your simple tourist attraction. As one of the only neighborhoods in Rio which doesn’t have a favela, this sheltered district is home to a wealth of facilities and good transport links connecting it to Copacabana, Ipanema, Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed? Login Here