The natural beauty of Rio de Janeiro is something that impresses and falls in love. Not for nothing, thousands of tourists from Brazil and various parts of the world seek refuge and adventure in the various attractions offered by the state of Rio de Janeiro and the capital.
For those with adventurous spirit, ecotourism and adventure tourism are options that can not be missing in the travel itinerary. To admire the beauties of Rio de Janeiro in a unique way and from a privileged view, we have selected the best trails and adventures that will excite you.
First see the wonderful trails offered by Rio de Janeiro for those who wish an unforgettable experience.
Pico da Tijuca
It is the highest point in the Tijuca Forest (1,021meters). From there you can see the mountainous formations and the most known tourist points of Rio de Janeiro, such as Corcovado. It is a panoramic view that will never be forgotten by those who visit.
Located in the Tijuca Forest National Park, the trail of Pico da Tijuca can be amended to other activities of the Park. The main entrance is at Estrada da Cascatinha, 850, in the pleasant neighborhood of Alto da Boa Vista.
Pedra da Gávea Mountain
This is to take your breath away and recharge the batteries. Pedra da Gávea is the largest block of granite gneiss by the sea in the world. It was named after the Portuguese, thanks to the “gáveas” of the Lusitanian vessels.
During the way that enters the Atlantic Forest, the visitor encounters centenary trees, historical ruins and caves, besides a spectacular view. This trail is recommended for experienced adventurers because it requires physical resistance. It is 3 hours of great ascent and 844 meters of height.
Every effort is rewarded when you see the Carioca coast. The exuberant scenery makes everything worthwhile. At the top of Pedra da Gávea it is possible to see the beaches of the South zone and Barra, the Jacarepaguá downtown, Guanabara Bay and Dedo de Deus, in Teresópolis.
Pedra Bonita Mountain
This viewpoint has the easiest access and, for this very reason, is the most suitable for those who have no experience in trails. The Pedra Bonita is 696 meters long. It is one of the most easily accessible belvederes, that’s why it is the best tour for those who don’t have much experience in trails.
The summit is wide, allowing a dazzling image of the carioca coast. It is possible to see the Pedra da Gávea, the Morro Dois Irmãos and beaches of the South and West zones. The ascent time to the top is approximately 40 minutes. The Pedra Bonita ramp, is the most important for those who practice free flight. When the weather is good, countless paragliders and hang-gliders jump to Pepino Beach.
Pedra do Telégrafo Mountain
It is not as traditional as the previous ones quoted here, but it impresses as much as the others. Unknown even to the cariocas, the Pedra do Telégrafo gained fame because of photos shared in social networks of trilheiros. Among the successes is the tip of the Pedra do Telégrafo (Telegraph Stone), over a cliff. The view is magnificent and breathtaking.
From the top of the rock it is possible to see still wild beaches of Rio:
- Middle, Hell, Bottom and Dangerous Beaches.
- The coasts of Grumari (Recreio dos Bandeirantes) and Barra da Tijuca.
- Pedra da Gávea, the Restinga da Marambaia and the mangrove swamp.
Morro da Urca
Located near one of Rio’s most charming neighborhoods, Urca, the trail is beautiful and charming. Accessed by the “Caminho do Bem-te-vi”, which borders the no less beautiful Praia Vermelha, the trail is the most sought after by cariocas and tourists for its ease of access.
To complete the trail it is not necessary to make much effort. The trail takes 20 and 30 minutes and even children can do it.
Now that you have got to know the trails of the wonderful city, we will present other adventurous attractions.
Rapel Bico do Papagaio
If you like adrenaline, how about rappelling?
It is done at Bico do Papagaio, the second highest point of Tijuca National Park. From the rocky top it is possible to have a 360º view of the natural beauty that surrounds the capital of Rio de Janeiro. From there you can appreciate Pico da Tijuca, Morro da Cocanha and Pedra do Conde. It is also possible to see the Pedra da Gávea and Sumaré and a bit of Corcovado Hill. It is impressive and worth a lot.
Hang Gliding Flight
This tip is for those who want to go further and are not afraid of challenges. The flight takes place on the ramp of Pedra Bonita. Looking at Rio from above is spectacular and is one of the best ways to know the beauty of the city. Experiencing the aerial adventure is something you can’t miss for adventurers on duty. To feel the excitement you need to fly, because it is indescribable.
Climbing Sugar Loaf
The adventure does not end in Rio de Janeiro. The city offers options for all kinds of adventurers. Climbing the Sugar Loaf is one of these unmissable attractions for those who practice ecotourism. Before starting the climb, visitors take a 12 minute trail to the south face of Sugar Loaf. Normally, climbers arrive at their destination in 2:30 hours of climbing.
To descend there are some options, such as following the trail just after the end of the via Coringa or you can amend with the Costão do Pão de Açúcar, thus reaching the summit of the monument. From there, the descent is done by the cable car to Morro da Urca.
This is for the strong. Parachute jumping is much sought after by those who like to venture to the extreme. In Rio de Janeiro, the jump can be done in Resende and does not require experience or a course of your own. All that is needed is courage to play in the blue immensity of over 4000 meters. The jump is double, that is, with the help of an instructor.
Mountain Bike Tijuca e Corcovado
If you’re a fan of cycling will love riding in the Tijuca Forest or Corcovado. The experience is sensational and energizing.
With these tips, you can know Rio de Janeiro in a unique way. Have fun!