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Rio de Janeiro: Hang Gliding Tandem Flight

1. Rio de Janeiro: Hang Gliding Tandem Flight

Benefit from pickup from your hotel, São Conrado Subway station, or make your own way to the Brazilian Confederation of Hang Gliding headquarters to meet your instructor.  Then take a 15-minute jeep ride into Tijuca National Park, arriving at the Pedra Bonita Ramp, 1,700 feet (520 meters) above sea level. After a safety briefing and a rehearsal, it's time for takeoff. Take the leap and experience incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean, Rio’s famous beaches, the statue of Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain, Guanabara Bay and much more.  Your tandem flight ends with a smooth landing on the beach at São Conrado and the entire adventure will be captured by GoPro cameras attached to the wing. Enjoy an unforgettable sightseeing experience in Rio de Janeiro.

Rio de Janeiro: Botanical Garden Guided Tour & Parque Lage

2. Rio de Janeiro: Botanical Garden Guided Tour & Parque Lage

After pickup head straight to the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro, the oldest such garden in Brazil. The gardens were founded in 1808, around the same time that the Portuguese Royal Family arrived in Brazil. Dom João VI, then a prince, wanted to see if Caribbean spices would adapt to Rio’s climate. Start with a visit to the Environment Museum before walking around the grounds and admiring the native vegetation. Enjoy the beauty of Frei Leandro Lake and victoria amazonica, a species of flowering plant and the largest of the Nymphaeaceae family of water lilies from the Amazon Rainforest. Admire the orchids and the bromeliads collections. Learn about 19th-century Brazilian history from your guide as you stroll amongst the buildings in the garden. Marvel at the beauty of Musas Fountain and explore Pedro Cachimbo rose garden. Take photos between palm trees and make a stop at the Japanese Garden, created in 1935 from the donation of 65 species of typical Japanese plants. As a bonus, enjoy complimentary access also to the Parque Lage. Explore the English-style gardens, forested trails, artificial caves, and the stunning mansion at the center of this beautiful park.

From Rio: Vale do Amor Sanctuary and Waterfall Tour

3. From Rio: Vale do Amor Sanctuary and Waterfall Tour

After boarding the jeep in Rio de Janeiro, drive for 2 hours to reach Vale do Amor, located in the Petrópolis mountains. This sanctuary is a peaceful, scenic spot where you can enjoy looking out for different bird species.  Upon arrival, enjoy a guided tour, with explanations about the history of the construction of the sanctuary. Learn how the gardens were designed and built based on themes around Mother Nature and the divine. Afterward, take advantage of some free time to meditate, practice yoga, or simply relax in the peaceful surroundings. Then, head to the waterfall, which features a deep pool where you can dive and enjoy swimming while surrounded by nature. Finally, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Rio.

Rio de Janeiro: Tijuca Forest Waterfall of Souls Hike

4. Rio de Janeiro: Tijuca Forest Waterfall of Souls Hike

Experience a mediated opportunity to connect with nature and experience nature’s healing powers. Learn ancestral knowledge and the keys that open the way for freedom and peace from a local guide, through accessing natural powers and learning about natures’ green spirits. Grow faith in nature, through its timeless and borderless deities. Brazilians carry beliefs that originated on Afro-indigenous faith which strengthens many in everyday life. Discover how knowledge within this faith is shared through generations, its original source present in natural elements, represented by different orishas or indigenous entities. Begin the experience with an introduction to the guide and spiritual healing powers of the forest. Try a breathing exercise, stretches, and open your heart through acknowledgment before beginning. Enter the trail to the waterfall, and at the first stream enter, cleanse, and refresh. Reach the “Cachoeira das Almas Fall” and stop to grab some snacks, enter the falls, take pictures, and chill out. Take a different route to close the circuit and visit the painters’ escape garden and lake and the “Mayrink Chapel”. Finish at the parks’ gate and stop for lunch or dinner. In cases of physical limitations that prevent walking longer distances, these trails can be removed from this experience and the route to the waterfalls can be done by car. After visiting the falls, head to one of the two restaurants near the park or in the Tijuca neighborhood for a traditional afro Brazilian dish.

Private Tijuca Forest & Botanical Garden Guided Tour

5. Private Tijuca Forest & Botanical Garden Guided Tour

Discover the natural wonders of Rio de Janeiro on a guided tour that visits Tijuca Forest, Rio’s botanical garden, Cascatinha Taunay, and the Chinese Viewpoint, including round-trip transportation from your hotel. Walk along a trail and immerse yourself in all the nature of Rio. After pickup, your trip starts at the Chinese Viewpoint. At an altitude of 388 meters, admire panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro, filled with mountains, forests, and the sea. In the distance, you can also see Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain. Later, go on an adventure through the Tijuca National Forest, one of the largest urban forests in the world. Be enchanted by the Cascatinha Taunay (waterfall) as you walk along a simple trail and learn more about the Atlantic Forest, its flora, and its fauna. Admire breathtaking panoramic views en route back to your hotel. Your tour ends at the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden, with a visit to the sensory garden. Finish off your trip by learning more about local and international flora at the gardens. Spot the redwood tree, from which the country received its name, and stroll among the bicentennial imperial palm trees as you walk to the orchidarium and the bromeliad greenhouse.

From Rio de Janeiro: Arraial do Cabo Tour with Lunch

6. From Rio de Janeiro: Arraial do Cabo Tour with Lunch

Escape the urban hustle and bustle of Rio de Janeiro and journey to the beautiful beaches of Arraial do Cabo in this full day tour. Enjoy a delicious lunch as you see the more of the Brazilian coast. Meet your guide from the comfort of your accommodation, and sit back and enjoy the ride to Arraial do Cabo. Go by Farol Beach and see its picturesque lighthouse, pass the Crevice of Our Lady of Assumption, and see brilliant blue sea cave at Gruta Azul. Stop for a relaxing swim or a break on the beach at Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia. Visit the gorilla stone at Pedra Perfil do Gorila. Eat a scrumptious lunch in this paradise-like region.

Rio de Janeiro: Favela Tour and Hang Gliding Experience

7. Rio de Janeiro: Favela Tour and Hang Gliding Experience

Be picked up in Copacabana by air-conditioned van and begin your journey to Rocinha. Visit different areas of Rocinha before heading to Villas Canoas. This non-intrusive tour introduces you to 2 of the largest favelas in Rio de Janeiro. See how these areas are full of life and friendly people. After you visit Villa Canoas, be dropped off at São Conrado beach. Meet your hang-gliding instructors and glide over Rocinha and Villas Canoas. Hang glide over Rio de Janeiro with highly experienced instructors, which have over 32 years of experience. See the favelas and tropical rainforest from a bird’s eye perspective while hang gliding over Rio. After your hang gliding experience, you can relax at São Conrado beach or easily catch a taxi or train to your next location.

Rio de Janerio: Barra da Tijuca & Grumari Private Day Trip

8. Rio de Janerio: Barra da Tijuca & Grumari Private Day Trip

Very often those who visit Rio imagine that the beaches of the city are only those of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon. Actually the coast is more than 50 km long and there are beaches in a southerly direction that will surprise you! This tour will offer you a day to discover some of the most beautiful beaches of the Cariocan coast but not only: it will be possible to visit the marvelous Sitio Burle Marx that is being included by UNESCO in the world heritage and also to know one of the best production companies craft of cachaça, where surely you will not want to give up tasting some of the delicious productions of the house.

Rio: Sitio Burle Marx and Cachaça Distillery Private Tour

9. Rio: Sitio Burle Marx and Cachaça Distillery Private Tour

Start your day with a visit to the Sitio Burle Marx, the former residence of the well-known landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx. Located in Barra de Guaratiba, the site has one of the most important collections of tropical and semi-tropical plants in the world. The on-site museum also displays art and handicrafts acquired or made by Burle Marx throughout his life.  Then, make a stop at the Max Cana Cachaça distillery to learn how the famous Brazilian drink is made. Visit the warehouse and see the machinery. Enjoy a stop here to buy lunch at the distillery restaurant, or head to another local restaurant recommended by the tour guide. If you choose the wild beaches option, you will then head to the beautiful beaches of Grumari or Prainha, where you'll have free time to swim and relax in the sun. You also have the chance to practice stand-up paddling at Restinga da Marambaia.  Alternatively, if you choose the museums option, the next stop after lunch will be House of Pontal Museum. Considered the largest and most significant museum of popular art in the country, its collection is composed of approximately 8,500 pieces by 300 Brazilian artists. The final stop would be at the Brazilian Confederation Museum. Trophies, photos, images and cutting-edge technology will make this visit an interactive, memorable experience.

From Rio de Janeiro: Tijuca Forest and Jardim Bôtanico Entry

10. From Rio de Janeiro: Tijuca Forest and Jardim Bôtanico Entry

The Tijuca Forest is one of the three largest urban forests in the world. In one of the areas of the park there is the Corcovado mountain with the statue of Christ the Redeemer which is certainly the main attraction, but there are various natural and historical treasures for which it is really worth knowing. The day begins with the arrival by car to the entrance of the national park. From there we will begin to go inside the forest to visit some of the most evocative points. The customers then will go to know the famous Jardim Bôtanico, one of the unmissable places for those who want to know Rio de Janeiro and finally we will pay a visit to the Parque Lage, one of the most popular places for cariocas who wish to enjoy the peace of its garden and admire the large historic residence in typical Italian style with a view of Christ the Redeemer. A tour full of nature, history and fantastic landscapes that will remain unforgettable for any tourist!

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What people are saying about Rio de Janeiro

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 17 reviews

Picked up right on time by my guide, Bruno. It was about to rain, so we decided to go to Parque Lage first since it is mostly indoors. What a beautiful place! Because of the clouds, we couldn't see the Cristo on Corcovado, but the location more than makes up for it. Bruno made sure I stayed as long as I wanted and took all the pictures I wanted. From there, the rain had mostly stopped and we went to the Botanical Gardens. Bruno know all about the place and the vegetation in it. Because of the rain, there weren't many animals out and about, but I did get to see a baby crane and some turtles. The landscape is so beautiful, it didn't matter that the sky was cloudy. I really enjoyed talking to Bruno and learning more about Rio!

I had an amazing experience. It was my first time flying and I was traveling solo. The entire staff made me feel very comfortable. They were professional, well trained, and made an anxious person like me laugh quite a bit lol. I won’t forget that memory

Thank goodness that i chose their service. It was organized from beginning till the end. Another thing is that I felt at ease as the pilot is so professional during the preflight. He explained really well the do’s and dont’s.

Fabulous day out with the lovely Ursula. She couldn’t find a parking spot so parked at her home - how cool is that? The Botanical Gardens are a treat and Ursula took us to all the best parts.

This is worth the time and the money spent. Greatly recommend this experience.