Arguably Rio de Janeiro's most famous neighbourhood, Copacabana is defined by its 4km-long crescent-shaped beach. It is here that the Beach Volleyball Arena will be located, as the sport returns to its spiritual home. Meanwhile, the open water swimming, triathlon and para-triathlon events will be held in the waters and land around Fort Copabana at the southern end of the beach, while the road cycling time trials will also be staged alongside this iconic waterfront.
A little further inland, the stunning Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, surrounded by mountains and gazed down upon by Christ the Redeemer, will be the site of Lagoa Stadium. This venue will stage the rowing, canoe sprint and paracanoe events. In the northern part of the Copacabana Zone there are two more venues that sit alongside Guanabara Bay and Sugarloaf Mountain. Flamengo Park will host the race walk, road cycling and Paralympic marathon, while Maria da Glória will be the base for the sailing competitions.
The rehabilitation and protection of the area's environment, particularly its bays and canals, will be the central legacy focus in this zone.