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Best Adventure Sports in Rio de Janeiro

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Centro Excursionista Brasileiro

Outdoor types itching to explore Rio's lush, mountainous terrain should make a beeline for this one-stop-shop in the city's downtown area. Here you can register for guided treks, mountain-climbing excursions and more, and there's equipment for hire as well. The dense nature of the jungle surrounding Rio makes guides a must for all but the most experienced of explorers, and the English-speaking guides here will make sure your adventures are risk-free.

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Saveiros Tour

Discover the stunning natural beauty of Rio and its surrounding areas through the fantastic boat tours by Saveiros Tour. From two-hour tours of the Guanabara Bay to group charters that last the entire day, they offer a wide variety of excursions to suit all tastes. Besides this, Give your night out a twist, with the numerous boat parties on offer. The tours depart from numerous points across the city. Check website for more.

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Rio Xtreme

Rio de Janeiro, blessed with nature's beauty, has been a major tourist hub for a long time. Making use of its gorgeous topography, Rio Xtreme offers a wide range of tours and packages for those looking to see Rio in a way less traveled. Choose from horde of activities like rock climbing, rappelling, skydiving, scuba diving and much more, or opt for the many different hiking and biking tours that bring out the best of Rio. Apart from this, also on the offer are major sightseeing tours. If that is too mainstream for you, go for the nightlife special that highlights the city's colorful nightlife.

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Rio Hiking

Explore Rio's spectacular natural landscapes through the exhaustive hiking and adventure tours offered by Rio Hiking. Established in 1999, the setup has been delighting adventure enthusiasts with their exciting tours that go beyond most guidebooks. From hiking tours in Tijuca and Pedra da Gavea to scuba diving and hang-gliding, they have something for everyone. Group packages are available, and they can also arrange for accommodation. Check website for details.

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Morro da Urca

Together with the Sugarloaf and Morro da Babilônia, Morro da Urca forms one of the best climbing and hiking areas in the country. The top is known for marvelous views, while the base is a good place to do some hiking. Most of the experienced, skilled mountain climbers will be found scaling the sheer side of the hill, but there are also nice hiking trails that start from the Praia Vermelha, which should keep you busy for more than an hour.

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Sugarloaf Mountain

Pão de Açúcar or Sugarloaf Mountain is Rio's most visited landmark. Soaring above the clouds, this mountain peak is connected to the city below by two cable cars that climb to the peak. At a height of 396 meters (1299 feet) above Rio, the mountain offers panoramic views of the Guanabara Bay with its curving coastline, the towering Christ the Redeemer statue, and the Corcovado Mountain. At sunrise and sunset, light envelopes the horizon and spreads over the city below, creating a mesmerizing view that's hard to beat.

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Parque da Catacumba

With exotic gardens, beautiful sculptures, tropical wildlife and wonderful views, Parque da Catacumba is the perfect place to come and escape the heat and pace of life in Rio. Located in the pretty waterside neighborhood of Lagoa, the park is little visited by tourists, which makes a trip here all the more peaceful. As well as offering short hiking trails, the park serves as an outdoor art gallery, with sculptures from local artists dotted around the gardens. You'll also spot little monkeys in the trees, and keep an eye out for parrots and toucans. A clearly-marked trail leads visitors on a quick and easy uphill hike (about 20 minutes), past a lovely bamboo garden to a vantage point with magnificent views over the lake.

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Tamandoa Adventure Expedições

Specializing in adventure tours, Tamandoa Adventure Expedições is located near Copacabana. Offering facilities like hiking, biking and other such outdoor activities in the periphery of Rio de Janeiro, it is often sought by tourists and locals alike looking to enjoy the beauty that nature has bestowed on the city. With some of the best trainers around, the Tamandoa Adventure Expedições opens up new and awesome avenues in adventure tourism.

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Parque Nacional & Floresta da Tijuca

The best place to visit to get an idea of what Rio once looked like, with miles of tropical rain-forests, walking trails, stunning views of the city, waterfalls, creeks and greenery. At this huge urban reserve, it only takes about 20 minutes to immerse yourself in nature. Serious hikers can climb to the summit of Pico da Tijuca, while others can simply enjoy the waterfall, Cascatinha Taunay, at the Alto da Boa Vista.

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Rio Adventures

Rio Adventures Inc. has been offering fantastic adventure tours making use of Rio de Janeiro's splendid topography since its establishment in 2001. Apart from extreme adventure sports like hang gliding, kayaking, paragliding, scuba diving and much more, they also offer hiking, climbing and sightseeing tours. With well-trained staff and state-of-the-art equipments, Rio Adventures give an interesting insight into Rio's tourism.

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Pedra da Gávea

Admirers of nature and adventure will enjoy climbing this 2769-foot (844 meter) mountain from which one has an impressive view of the city and the beaches below. Pedra da Gávea was named for its shape, resembling a gávea (the topsail of a ship). Visitors can either walk on the trails or choose a guided tour to reach the summit. There are some inscriptions on the rocks and a lot of controversy over whether or not they are from civilizations past.

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Skydive Rio Paraquedismo

Blessed with beauty of nature, Rio de Janeiro brings in a lot of tourists looking for some culture, scenery and adventure. Located in Barra da Tijuca, Skydive Rio Paraquedismo offers extreme adventure courses like Accelerated Freefall, Tandem Skydiving and such that make use of Rio's splendid aerial view. With the best trainers and equipments, Skydive Rio Paraquedismo is a great way to celebrate Rio de Janeiro

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