Nature Attractions in Rio de Janeiro

When it comes to outdoor activities, Rio de Janeiro beats most other major cities hands down. With fantastic rock formations jutting right out into the crashing waves, and the vast jungle of Tijuca National park sitting within the city limits, the scope for adventurous outdoor things to do in Rio is almost limitless.

But the outdoor attractions of Rio de Janeiro don't have to be about adrenaline-pumping adventure, there is plenty of opportunity for boat trips to isolated islands and swimming in calm, clear waters - a trip down the coast to Angra dos Reis provides ample opportunity for island hopping, while Rio's vast city lake, Lagoa, invites visitors to run, walk or cycle its perimeter, or even take a pedal boat ride out onto the waters.

The beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema are possibly Rio de Janeiro's greatest outdoor attractions, and throng with locals and tourists alike whenever the sun shines. For those not content with soaking up some tropical sun and watching the beach beauties pass by, vast sections of the beaches are devoted to sports - from football/soccer and volleyball to capoeira - and you don't have to be an expert to join in.

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Parque Nacional de Tijuca

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Floresta da Tijuca

For hikers and nature lovers... read more

Praia do Arpoador

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Copacabana / Ipanema

Surfing and beautiful people at the edge of Ipanema... read more

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Copacabana Beach

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Avenida Atlantica and Xavier da Silveira

The World's Most Famous Stretch of Sand?... read more

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Morro da Urca

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Praia Vermelha

Next stop – Sugar Loaf!... read more

Ipanema Beach

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Avenue Vieira Souto 460

Beat the Heat at the Beach... read more

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Surf tours/Surf lessons

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Making the most of the rolling waves... read more

Vargem Grande

Vargem Grande

Eating & Exploring... read more

Hang Gliding in Rio - Voo Duplo de Asa Delta

Est. das Canoas, 1.476, Casa, 24

Bird's Eye View of Rio... read more

Recreio Beach

Praia do Recreio das Bandeirantes

Surf, Sand and Sunbathing... read more
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