Rio Hang Gliding. This highly reputable and experienced hang-gliding outfit, run by Brazilian champion Konrad Heilmann, who has more than 30 years of experience, will collect you from your hotel, take you through the basics, and then run you off Pedra Bonita mountain into the sky high above Tijuca Forest. The excellent instructors can also film or photograph the experience for an extra charge. Fluent English and German is spoken and there are opportunities for beginners. Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro. 21/2422--2411; 21/99843--9006; www.riohanggliding.com. From R$240.
São Conrado Eco-Aventura. This reliable and experienced team can provide you with a bird's-eye view of Rio either by hang glider or paraglider, and they also lead jungle treks and Jeep tours. It is possible to book adventure packages combining several activities for a discounted price. Other options include mountain climbing and rappelling in the Tijuca Forest. São Conrado, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro. 21/2522–5586; www.saoconradoecoaventuras.com.br. From R$250.