Rio de Janeiro

Simply put, Rio de Janeiro is sports mad. Though much of the frenzy centers on soccer, other sports—among them volleyball, basketball, beach soccer, beach volleyball, and futevôlei (a soccer-volleyball hybrid)—are taken extremely seriously. Invigorated by the success of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, facilities a
Simply put, Rio de Janeiro is sports mad. Though much of the frenzy centers on soccer, other sports—among them volleyball, basketball, beach soccer, beach volleyball, and futevôlei (a soccer-volleyball hybrid)—are taken extremely seriously. Invigorated by the success of
Simply put, Rio de Janeiro is sports mad. Though much of the frenzy centers on soccer, other sports—among them volleybal

Simply put, Rio de Janeiro is sports mad. Though much of the frenzy centers on soccer, other sports—among them volleyball, basketball, beach soccer, beach volleyball, and futevôlei (a soccer-volleyball hybrid)—are taken extremely seriously. Invigorated by the success of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, facilities and funding have improved across the city and Rio is more sports-mad than ever. In addition to the vast sums spent to renovate existing and create new sports facilities and an Olympic village in the city's West Zone, significant investments are being made to upgrade the public-transportation system.

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  • Boating and Sailing

    Dive Point. Schooner tours around the main beaches of Rio and as far afield as Búzios and Arraial do Cabo are offered here, as well as deep...

  • Golf

    Gávea Golf and Country Club. With a stunning setting overlooking the ocean and framed by the towering Pedra da Gávea mountain, Gávea Golf...

  • Hang Gliding

    Rio Hang Gliding. This highly reputable and experienced hang-gliding outfit, run by Brazilian champion Konrad Heilmann, who has more than...

  • 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...

  • Karting

    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...

  • Soccer

    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...

  • Surfing

    Surfing remains hugely popular in Rio, and stand-up paddleboarding is a current trend—kiosks offer stand-up paddleboards and classes all along...

  • Tennis

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