Lagoa, as it is known, is a very popular place for Carioca relaxation. Few tourists seem to venture there but it is hidden in plain sight, surrounded by all of Zona Sul (Leblon, Ipanema, Copacabana- just over Cantagalo), Humaita/Botafogo, Jardim Botânico). It is a lagoon connected to Rio's bay, Guanabara. Lagoa is full of people exercising at most hours, walking, running, skateboarding, bicycling. There are numerous tennis courts, soccer pitches, skateboard courts, exercise machines as well as a two lane paved walkway, 7.5 km long, that surrounds Lagoa, and has distance markings in both directions every 100 meters around the entire circumference. At almost all hours there are police patrols, often in small scooters, sometimes on Bicycles and on foot. There are also nearly always 20 or more workers from Comlurb cleaning up the leaves, seaweed and other detritus from the lagoon. Recently the city began a daily patrol to monitor conditions of the facilities and promises 24 hour repairs. So far it is working. There are restaurants in two areas of the park and kiosks serving soft drinks and iced coconut all around the lagoon. Lastly, and very popular are three area equipped with playgrounds for young children. They are full of small kids from early morning until early evening most days, stuffed on weekends and holidays. There are always lots of strollers, including the large wheeled ones used by parents as they jog along around the lagoon. People of every age and type are active there, including many firemen, policemen and military, recognisable because of their T-shirts and disciplined running. From practicing marathoners to people in their 90's, everyone meets at Lagoa. I may sound partial to the place. I walk around it every day when I am at home. On the subsequent posts I will show photos of several of the facilities I have mentioned here.