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Sightseeing and private tours in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is a popular destination with great beaches and friendly locals. The former capital and second largest city of Brazil, has a lot of beautiful, hidden corners that are sometimes hard to find on your own. Fortunately, rent-a-guide.com offers several private tours with personal guides, who know all the best spots of the city. Don't miss the opportunity to get in touch with the locals and feel like part of this vivid city yourself. At any moment of your stay, your private guide will take your individual interests into account and make your trip to Rio de Janeiro unforgettable.

Here are some examples of the various tours you can book on rent-a-guide:

Favela Tour Rio de Janeiro

The infamous Favelas (shanty-towns) are like another Rio within Rio. If you are in town, don't miss the opportunity to visit one of them with a local guide. There you can see the true Rio de Janeiro.

Christ the Redeemer and surrounding Sugarloaf

A comfortable car ride will bring you up to the top of the beautiful Sugarloaf Mountain where the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer is located. The view over the city is breathtaking.

Walking Tour in the Historical City Center of Rio

The best way to get to know the secrets of the historical district of Rio de Janeiro. Learn all about the rich and fascinating history of the city.

Beaches Tour Rio

Browse the best beaches on the coast of Rio de Janeiro entitled to hiking, sunbathing and refreshing. Here you can find everything you need for a great holiday.

For more information, more tours and to book individual tours in Rio de Janeiro visit rent-a-guide.com.

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

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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Soccer

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
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