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Rio: Half-Day Jeep Tour at Floresta da Tijuca

1. Rio: Half-Day Jeep Tour at Floresta da Tijuca

Explore Tijuca National Forest in meticulously restored ex-military open-air off-road vehicles. After hotel pick-up, cut to the Lagoa with the striking view of the Christ statue and head to the rainforest. Stop at the famous Vista Chinesa to discover the history of this unique monument as you'll soak in the views of the Christ Statue in the distance. Move on to the Cascatinha Visconde de Taunay waterfall, and take a quick dip in the crystal clear refreshing water. Continue to a charming chapel constructed in 1855, and start the first of 2 trails. See coatis, toucans, and monkeys! Take a restroom stop and start the second trail of the tour, passing through the Atlantic forest with the sounds of waterfalls following your footsteps. Hop back into your top-down Jeep and head to the famous São Conrado Beach to watch the hand-gliders, before your scenic drive back to your hotel.

Rio de Janeiro: Paragliding Tandem Flight

2. Rio de Janeiro: Paragliding Tandem Flight

You'll start with a short briefing from some of the world's most experienced tandem pilots where you will learn about the take-off procedure and other important aspects of paragliding. Then, take off with your pilot over the edge of the mountain to paraglide smoothly through the tropical air. Any fear you may have will soon disappear and you will experience a very unique sense of tranquility only possible with non-motorized, open-air flight. After enjoying the beautiful views over Rio de Janeiro, you'll land smoothly on São Conrado Beach. You'll also receive the exclusive pictures and videos taken during your adventure to share with your family and friends at home.

Rio de Janeiro: Tandem Paragliding Flight

3. Rio de Janeiro: Tandem Paragliding Flight

Benefit from pickup from your hotel, meet at São Conrado Subway station, or make your own way to the Brazilian Confederation of Hang Gliding headquarters to meet your instructor (depending on option selected). After a comprehensive safety briefing from your instructor, take off from Pedra Bonita Ramp inside the Tijuca National Park, one of the biggest urban forests in Brazil.  Once off the ground, observe the spectacular natural landscape of Rio de Janeiro. Take in sights such as Rio’s famous beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon. Spot natural landmarks such as Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Guanabara Bay, and much more. Your flight finishes with a smooth landing on the beach of São Conrado. The whole adventure can be captured in video and photos from GoPro cameras attached to the paraglider.

Wonders of Rio: Christ, Selaron Steps, and Tijuca Forest

4. Wonders of Rio: Christ, Selaron Steps, and Tijuca Forest

This specially designed 7-hour tour around the city of Rio de Janeiro provides a unique chance to see the attractions of Rio de Janeiro with a professional English speaking tour guide showing you all around. The day tour starts with pick-up at your hotel or hostel in Rio. Your first stop will be at São Conrado beach where the hang gliders land after their take off from Pedra Bonita. You will enjoy amazing views of the high mountains on the blue coast of the ocean. From there, you will visit the Tijuca National Park and get a glimpse of the greenest tropical rainforest. This is the best spot to check how nature and the urban area can coexist, while seeing waterfalls, tropical plants and the wildlife.  After that, stop for lunch in Ipanema, and then hit the road again, this time to visit the Christ The Redeemer. Remember to bring your camera for the breathtaking photos of this memorable day. After the visit to the Christ, have a stop in Santa Teresa. This is one of the most traditional neighborhoods of Rio. It still retains much of its original architecture and character of previous colonial years. At the end of your Rio day tour, see the Escadaria Selaron or secret Lapa steps where Snoop Dogg shot his famous video for ‘Beautiful’ with Pharrell Williams. Finally, you will be offered the option to be dropped off at Sugarloaf Mountain in time for enjoying the sunset or to be dropped off back in your hotel or hostel.

Rio de Janeiro: Hang Gliding or Paragliding Flight

5. Rio de Janeiro: Hang Gliding or Paragliding Flight

Experience the thrill of hanging gliding and paragliding flights in Rio while seeing the unique landscape of the city. The flights take off from Pedra Bonita Ramp, a privileged spot in the Tijuca Forest. You will see the best views of the coastal islands, the forest, Pedra da Gavea, the Rocinha favela (one of the world’s biggest slums), Morro Dois Irmãos, and more. At the end of this thrilling experience, land at Pepino Beach, and cool down with some fresh coconut water at the kiosks. Fly with the best pilots, who have over 20 years of tandem flight experience, are certified by the Brazilian Hang Gliding Association, and have high-quality equipment.

Rio's Best Hidden Beaches Small Group Tour

6. Rio's Best Hidden Beaches Small Group Tour

If you love beaches but want to get away from the crowds, this six-hour tour is for you. Visit beautiful beaches in different regions of Rio de Janeiro and be amazed by the stunning natural surrounds. The tour starts with the meeting in your hotel. Then continue along the coast and stop at some photo viewpoints. Arriving in São Conrado, head towards the sea and stop at the beach to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and free flight landings. Continue towards Barra da Tijuca, the western zone of the city, one of its newest regions and very different from the south zone. Follow the coast along more than 20km of beach, passing the beaches of Pepe, Barra da Tijuca, Reserva and Recreio dos Bandeirantes. The beaches will amaze you with their beauty. Continuing along the coast, head towards the beaches of Macumba, Prainha and Grumari. These beaches are within a natural park, there are no residences, only a few kiosks and restaurants for you to enjoy. Arriving on the wild beaches you can have fun walking, relaxing with your feet in the sand and taking a dip in the sea. Depending on your preference, you can stop to eat at one of the kiosks or restaurants in the area, specializing in fish and seafood. Then make your way back along the coast to your hotel.

Rio: Pedra Bonita 4-Hour Hike with Free Flight Ramp Visit

7. Rio: Pedra Bonita 4-Hour Hike with Free Flight Ramp Visit

Pedra Bonita is one of the highest mountains in the city and is located in the Tijuca National Park. Its position is privileged, between the south zone and the region of Barra da Tijuca. The 4 hour tour provides a light and pleasant experience, full of beautiful scenery and great opportunities for lovely photos. Start by meeting at your hotel, then head towards the National Park to start the walk. The trail through the Atlantic forest does not require a great physical effort or a high level of technique by the participant. Arriving at the top you will be amazed by the beautiful view of the beaches, forest and the other mountains of the city, especially the Gávea Rock, just in front. The top of Pedra Bonita has a large space where you can feel free to explore and enjoy the place. You will also have the opportunity to visit the free flight ramp and observe flight departures. The experience is fun and interesting. On the return you can see the beach of São Conrado and its beautiful landscapes, it is there also where the hang gliders and those paragliding land. Take this opportunity to go for a swim at the beach. The Bonita stone is a great option for those who want to enjoy the nature of the city and see beautiful viewpoints without great physical effort.

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What people are saying about Sao Conrado Beach

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 731 reviews

We had the most beautiful experience paragliding over Rio. Our guide, Mahmoud, put us so at ease and was incredibly experienced. He made the entire thing 10 times better and I could not recommend him, or the company more. If I ever come back to Rio, I will 100 percent be doing this again.

Everything perfect, totally recommended experience. The very friendly guide took us to several points where we could enjoy a few minutes at each one. We finish with a beautiful view of the beach (and we drink a coconut water, not included in the trip)

The tour itinerary differed a bit from the description but overall it was nice. The guide Camilla was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and the driver was friendly. I have no complaints about this tour.

Our guide was absolutely amazing. George took a lot of time for us and explained and showed us a lot. I can only recommend the tour. A highlight during our stay in Rio de Janeiro.

Lovely tour guide and sooooo exciting to be in the forest with expert tuition and lovely walks and views. So glad we did it in a jeep. :)