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Rio de Janeiro Travel Guide

Rio de Janeiro Sports & Activities

Rio is an incredibly active city, with people of all ages cycling, jogging, or walking along the beachfront paths, swimming across Ipanema to Leblon, and using municipal tennis courts and football pitches into the early hours of the morning. Given the natural amenities the city is blessed with, an energetic visitor won't be at a loss for activities.

Hiking and Climbing

Given the changeable weather and the harsh terrain, guides are recommended for all major walks and climbs in Rio. Of particular note within...

Horse Racing

Jóquei Clube. This beautiful old racetrack conjures up a bygone era of grandeur with its impeccably preserved betting hall, 1920s grandstand...


Kartodromo Premium. This is the biggest recreational karting track in Rio (1.6 km/1 mile). Group parties are accepted. If you're solo, you...


Gávea Golf Club. Nonmembers can play this upmarket golfing club's impeccably groomed course on weekdays. The greens fee is steep, but you can...

Hang Gliding

Just Fly. This outfit will collect you from your hotel, take you through the basics, and then run you off Pedra Bonita mountain into the sky...


Surfing remains hugely popular in Rio, but kite surfing is growing rapidly, too, with several schools opening on Barra beachfront and out of...


Parque do Flamengo. Municipal tennis courts rare in Rio, so the two near Flamengo Beach, both in good condition, are popular. The courts can...


Estádio Maracanã. The vast stadium is nothing short of legendary, and watching a soccer game here is a must if the season (from mid-January...

Boating and Sailing

Dive Point. Schooner tours around the main beaches of Rio and as far afield as Búzios and Angra are offered here, as well as deep-sea and wreck...



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