Sports in Rio de Janeiro

Sport in Rio de Janeiro is seriously big business. Rio is, after all, home to arguably the most famous football/soccer stadium in the world, the Maracana, and to say that Brazilians are crazy about the sport is an understatement.

A trip to catch a game at the Maracana is a worthwhile experience for the atmosphere alone, and you won't need to be a huge futebol fan to enjoy yourself.

Rio de Janeiro is a city where socialising revolves around the beach, and Rio de Janeiro sports enthusiasts like to keep their beach bodies in check by working out at the free exercise stations to be found at various points along the sands. Running along the beach is also a popular pastime, while volleyball, handball and, of course, football and even capoeira are all practised with gusto on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro.

Another good place to practice sports in Rio de Janeiro is Lagoa, where sports pitches, a running/cycling track and exercise stations, along with stunning views, attract local fitness fanatics.

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Lagoa

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Avenida Epitácio Pessoa
Lagoa

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Ipanema Beach

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Avenue Vieira Souto 460

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Copacabana Beach

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Avenida Atlantica and Xavier da Silveira

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Parque do Flamengo

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Flamengo

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Surfing in Rio

Praça do Arpoador - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22080-070, Brazil

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Orla Marítima

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Leme até Barra da Tijuca

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Praia do Arpoador

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Copacabana / Ipanema

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São Conrado

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Between Leblon & Barra da Tijuca

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Parque Nacional de Tijuca

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Floresta da Tijuca

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