Outdoor Recreation in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is undoubtedly one of the best cities on Earth for outdoor types, and Rio de Janeiro Outdoor Recreation opportunities are both varied and abundant.

Outdoor recreation in Rio de Janeiro takes in everything from high-adrenaline pursuits such as rock climbing, surfing and hang gliding to gentler outdoor activities such as swimming, cycling or walking.

The world famous Rio de Janeiro beaches are the scene of much outdoor activity, with tanned and toned Brazilians heading to the sands of Ipanema and Copacabana to perfect their skills in sports ranging from football/soccer and beach volleyball to capoeira and frescobol (a native bat and ball game, hugely popular among beachgoers of all ages).

But the beaches of Rio de Janeiro are not the only spaces for outdoor recreation. The jungle-clad mountains are crying out to be conquered by hikers and climbers, while the vast Parque Nacional Floresta da Tijuca offers unlimited scope for hiking and nature walks. Be sure to go accompanied by an experienced guide, however, as it is dangerously easy to get lost in the vast swathes of thick jungle.

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Copacabana Beach

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Avenida Atlantica and Xavier da Silveira

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Lagoa

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Avenida Epitácio Pessoa
Lagoa

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Praia do Arpoador

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Copacabana / Ipanema

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Parque Nacional de Tijuca

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Floresta da Tijuca

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Jardim Botânico

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Rua Jardim Botânico, 920 - 1008

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Ipanema Beach

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Avenue Vieira Souto 460

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Morro da Urca

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Praia Vermelha

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Hang Gliding in Rio - Voo Duplo de Asa Delta

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Paineiras Hike

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Parque Nacional da Tijuca

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Angra dos Reis Day Trip and Schooner Cruise

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