With its rugged mountain ranges, vast swathes of sticky jungle, endless beaches and crashing waves, Rio de Janeiro is a top destination for adventurous types, and active things to do in Rio de Janeiro are virtually unlimited.
For a bird's eye of this magnificent landscape, visitors with a head for heights can take a tandem hanggliding flight over the city, while other Rio de Janeiro attractions for active visitors include surfing, mountain climbing and hiking.
The beaches of Arpoador and Recreio are top spots for surfers and body borders, while strong swimmers can try to tackle the waves at Ipanema - be wary of undercurrents, though, and don't attempt to swim when the red 'danger' flag is up on the beach.
Tijuca National Park is the largest city park in the world, and there is ample opportunity for hiking, swimming in natural pools and cooling down under waterfalls, but don't attempt to navigate the forest alone. The sheer scale makes it easy to get lost, so even the hardiest types will need a guide or knowledgeably local.
Est. das Canoas, 1.476, Casa, 24
Copacabana / Ipanema
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Avenue Vieira Souto 460
Floresta da Tijuca
Praia do Recreio das Bandeirantes
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Praça do Arpoador - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22080-070, Brazil
Rua Alice 1512A Larenjeiras