Rio de Janeiro Travel Guide

Rio de Janeiro Sports & Activities

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 futevolei (a soccer-volleyball hybrid)—are taken extremely seriously. Invigorated by the success of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, it is with a sense of fevered anticipation that Rio awaits the 2016 Olympics, whose impact on the city cannot be understated. 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.

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.

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...


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

Hang Gliding

Just Fly. This highly reputable and experienced outfit will collect you from your hotel, take you through the basics, and then run you off...

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...


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


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


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