Land, water or air? You decide how you would like to discover one of the most fascinating cities in Brazil with its unique natural beauty. Rio de Janeiro is the city of carnivals, of Samba and home to the Girl From Ipanema. However, this magnificent destination is alluring an increasing number of sports lovers and adrenaline junkies who, aside from the ideal weather conditions, seek the lush landscapes that Rio de Janeiro boasts to practice extreme sports.
When practicing extreme sports in Rio de Janeiro it is highly recommended that you seek a fully-qualified professional guide to make sure that you do so in the safest way possible.
Mountain Climbing in Rio
With the largest urban forest in the world, the city of Rio de Janeiro features many hiking trails in the midst of lush Atlantic forest, mainly in Tijuca National Park, extending over an impressive 3953 hectares boasting beautiful waterfalls and stunning views. The most sought after trails by tourists are on the Estrada do Redentor (Redeemer’s Road) and Pico da Tijuca comprising the highest point of Tijuca Forest where visitors can enjoy some spectacular 360⁰ views of Rio de Janeiro.
Mountain Biking in Rio
If you are fit and enjoying riding in extreme conditions, we recommend Travessia das Paineiras. It starts on Estrada do Redentor where sports enthusiasts can enjoy stunning views and natural showers until they reach the magnificent Vista Chinesa, a truly beautiful reward for their hard work.
White Water Rafting in Rio
About 2 hours drive away from Rio de Janeiro is a region full of rivers and rapids. Groups of adrenaline junkies gather there to enjoy hours of fun downriver where a wet adventure awaits them. The most sought after places for practicing white water rafting are Rio Macae and Rio Paraibuna boasting the ideal weather conditions and pleasant water temperatures normally ranging around 22⁰C.
Scuba Diving in Rio de Janeiro
The Marvelous City boasts many excellent locations for practicing scuba diving, ideal for beginners of the sport and experts. All along the coast visitors will find shipwrecks, islands, caves and a stunning marine biodiversity making for a fascinating underwater tour. On Vermelha beach in Urca enthusiasts can enjoy a unique diving experience in the evening.
Hang Gliding in Rio de Janeiro
Sports enthusiasts can go hang gliding from Pedra Bonita located in Tijuca Forest in São Conrado where they can enjoy some stunning views of Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Cagarras Islands and Christ the Redeemer, amongst many other top Rio de Janeiro attractions. Finally, the landing spot is usually Pepino beach where, in addition to the immensity of the Atlantic and the beautiful beach, you can enjoy a fresh coconut water.