August 3, 2011

Outdoor Adventure in Rio de Janeiro

Looking to combine a little outdoor fun with the big city lifestyle of Rio de Janeiro during your travels in Brazil? There are many different options for outdoor adventure in Rio, including sea kayaking, mountain climbing, biking, cascading down waterfalls, rappelling, rafting, and hiking.

Stunning views from your hike to the mountaintops in Rio de Janeiro

With the largest urban rainforest in the world, the Tijuca National Forest, right in the heart of the city, you are literally surrounded by nature.  There are many different hiking trails in the Tijuca forest.  We always recommend that you go with a knowledgeable local guide to make sure you stay on the designated paths.

Waterfalls and incredible vistas of the city abound from various points inside the rainforest.  One of my favorites is the moderate to advanced hike leading from the historical Parque Lage that takes you through lush forest to the Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer statue) overlooking all of Rio.

The trailhead beginning at the historical Parque Lage winds through their gardens to the top of the Christ statue.

Rio is also a haven for the more extreme outdoor sports, such as rock climbing.  Whether you are a novice or experienced, Green Roots Travel connects you with expert local guides.  We know the best locations for climbing depending on your skill level.  Whichever peak you end up scaling, you are rewarded with sweeping views of this mountainous city and its beaches.

The mountains of Rio de Janeiro are a rock climbers playground.

Seeing Rio from the ocean offers a completely different perspective on the Cidade Maravilhosa. If you are keen on getting out on the water, then try sea kayaking, surfing, or scuba diving. Our professional guides take you to discover Rio’s incredible hidden bays, islands and beaches.

Sea kayaking below Sugarloaf Mountain
Sea kayaking below the Sugarloaf Mountain.

Rio offers not only the famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, but also an entire coastline of secluded beaches.  On the outer parts of the city are Grumari and Prainha, which are popular with locals and two of my favorite stretches of sand with excellent waves.

Prainha beach outside of the bustling city of Rio has good surf and hikes into the rainforest above.

For those travelers seeking a more relaxed version of outdoor fun, you can spend an afternoon exploring Rio’s Royal Botanical Gardens.  Either take a taxi from your hotel, or be a little more adventurous and rent a bike to cruise around the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas to the gardens main entrance.

Majestic royal palms tower above you as you walk through the historical gates that were opened in 1808.  In this quiet haven, you will find a variety of Brazil’s exotic plants, including an extensive orchid garden.  After leisurely capturing photos of brightly colored flowers, you can relax with an espresso and fresh pastry at the Botanical Gardens Café.

You can rent bikes to ride around the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas to explore the Royal Botanical Gardens.

What are your favorite outdoor adventures in your home country? Which activities do you want to experience during your vacation in Brazil with Green Roots Travel?


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