Leme: A Quiet Corner of Rio de Janeiro’s Zona Sul Beaches

As a neighborhood, Leme is closer to the peaceful atmosphere of Urca, over the hill, than to either Copacabana or Botafogo.

By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Hidden away at the eastern end of Copacabana's 4 km beach, Leme cuts an unassuming figure. However, there’s an atmosphere to the neighborhood that makes it very clear once you’ve crossed over from Copacabana.

The streets become quieter, people can be seen lounging around, playing cards, chatting to one another. The hustle and bustle subsides, and then you know you are in Leme.

Little bigger than a few interconnected streets, the neighborhood of Leme shares its name with the nearby hill, which is topped by the historic fort . . .

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