The city of Rio de Janeiro, with its climate and lush natural landscape, is the perfect stage for practicing outdoor sports. Whether in the sea or the mountains, locals and tourists find a welcome setting, which has already served several official competitions, including the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Check it out below.
Running along the beach in Rio de Janeiro
WALKING, RUNNING AND CYCLING - Rio’s beachfront is perfect for leaving the boring health clubs behind. The paired boardwalk/cycling path is the perfect invitation for walking, running or cycling. Flamengo, Botafogo, Leme, Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, São Conrado and Barra are some of the neighborhoods with cycling paths. At the break of dawn or at the end of the day, locals and tourists flood the tracks. On Sundays, one of the lanes of Avenida Atlântica, in Copacabana, and Vieira Souto, in Ipanema, are closed, as well as in Aterro do Flamengo. The perfect invitation to exercise and relax.
Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro
BEACH VOLLEYBALL AND FOOTVOLLEY - From Flamengo to Barra da Tijuca, footvolley and beach volleyball courts occupy the sands of the Rio beaches. On these courts, every day professional athletes share space with Cariocas and tourists who love sports. Leblon and Copacabana have youth groups to practice and learn the sport. The same goes for footvolley, which has become a tradition at the Barra beach, but is played along the whole beachfront – in this case, just use your feet instead of your hands.
Trekking in the mountains near Rio de Janeiro
TREKKING, ROPE DOWN AND CLIMBING: Surrounded by hills and rocks, Rio de Janeiro offers a multitude of options for climbers, trekkers and rappelling enthusiasts. The variety of trails – there are over 100 of them in the Tijuca Forest alone – and the natural obstacles take the sportsmen to different scenarios, including the top of benchmarks such as the Sugar Loaf and the Corcovado. The most popular destinations are Morro da Urca – about 40 minutes walking – and Pedra da Gávea, taking up to four hours, depending on the route chosen. Going with a group or a guide is recommended.
Surfing in Rio
SURFING AND KITESURFING - With a gigantic coastline facing the Atlantic, it is obvious that surfing would be a popular sport in Rio. In the 80’s and 90’s, the city was renowned for a number of surf wear brands that sprang up. The beaches of Arpoador, Pepê, Diabo, Prainha and posto 5 and 6 at Barra are famous for the quality of the waves and have hosted world championships. The strong and constant winds which are dominant in Barra da Tijuca make the beach the perfect setting for kitesurfing. On weekends, the sport lovers showcase their moves in Postinho.
Hang gliding above Rio de Janeiro
HANG GLIDING AND PARAGLIDING - A world reference in gliding, Rio is certainly one of the most beautiful cities to fly. For the bravest, flying out of Pedra Bonita is incredible. It is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Rio – maybe of the world. For those who have never experienced, there is tandem hang gliding and paragliding, with accredited and experienced pilots. The adventure takes between 10 and 15 minutes and reveals panoramic views of Ipanema, Lagoa, Barra da Tijuca, the Guanabara Bay, the Sugar Loaf and Christ, the Redeemer.
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