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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil » Entertainment » Activities

Water Sports

The coastal city of Rio offers many activities that are centred on the beach life. Some of the activities include water sports such as scuba diving, surfing, body boarding and kite surfing. You can also enjoy a game of beach volleyball with the locals or a more laid-back game like fresco ball. If you enjoy surfing, then the beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema, Barra, Grumari, Joá and Prainha are the best surfing spots in Rio de Janeiro. The main spot for scuba diving is at Cagarras Islands, near Ipanema. However, diving is only possible at the end of summer. Many diving centres in Rio offer great facilities and English speaking instructors to discover the enormous diversity of marine life.

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Cycling can be quite a fun activity in Rio. There are separate cycle lanes along the beaches and throughout the city. Whether alone or with a family in tow, you can always view the nearby vantage points on a bike. For the budget conscious this can turn out to be a cheap mode of transportation and for the fitness conscious a great way to remain in tip-top condition. Some of the famous trails for cycling include those in Vargem Grande. In addition, there are many cycling paths at the Parque do Flamengo, plus there is an ideal cycling track at the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas as well.

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Hiking, Rock Climbing and Hang Gliding

Another good, open-air activity is to go for a hike or a climb. The Tijuca National Forest is the best option if you are a nature lover. There are many medium to difficult trails available in the forest to enjoy a good hike. If you are a tourist, it is advisable that you take the help of a local guide. If you enjoy rock climbing, then the mountains of Sugar Loaf and Corcovado are famous for this purpose. Extreme sport lovers can try their hand at Hang Gliding at Sao Conrado, which is the launch area. Enjoy the aerial view of Tijuca National Park and the beaches of Rio as you soar in the air!

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Walking and Jogging

Walking and jogging are ideal activities for those that who want to explore Rio in a totally new and revitalizing way. Take a refreshing stroll in the outdoors, which is not only economical, but also a healthy way to admire the natural beauty of Rio. Tourists also love to walk through the Pista Claudio Coutinho winding trail and enjoy breath-taking views of the ocean waves crashing on the mountain below.

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Football is the national sport of Brazil and is the country's most popular outdoor activity. So it is very common that you will come across an impromptu soccer match taking place between the local teams.


Maracanã Football Stadium ( Visit Site )

Playing soccer in Rio's hot weather can be very tiring, especially if you are playing against some of the skilful locals who are used to the heat. If you are in need of a break, but still want to stick to the same activity, then why not admire some soccer played at the Maracana stadium. Top quality soccer matches are played at this prestigious stadium almost all year round. You should try to book the lower seats, (i.e. the ‘cadeiras') so that you can get a good view of the game. To book your tickets in advance, contact the stadium managers for ongoing matches.
This stadium is known to host some of the most exciting games in the world, with continuous noise from rowdy fans, singing and playing of the samba drums.

Address: R. Prof. Eurico Rabelo, Maracanã Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tel.: +55 21 8871 3950

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