1. Watch the sunset at Pao de Acucar (Sugarloaf Mountain)
Take the cable car to the peak of Pao de Acucer. Going at sunset is the best time to go and have a wonderful panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro. The landscape is really beautiful. If you have a student card you can take the cable car for half price.
2. Hang gliding over Rio de Janeiro
Hang gliding over Rio is one of the most exciting things I ever did. I will never forget the feeling of running off that cliff and then- flying! I think it’s the closest feeling you can have of flying like a bird.
Since I remember myself I had many dreams of me flying high in the sky. Hang gliding was exactly like flying in my dreams. I was so shocked by the amazing landscape, the wind, and I kept smiling for a long time. Being so high in the sky was so peaceful and thrilling at the same time. The hang gliding usually lasts between 8 to 12 minutes.
I really recommend Manoel Navarro, my guide for this flight. he is very experienced and gave me a lot of confidence. I felt safe and enjoed it so much. This is an experience of a life time! Don’t think too much, just go and do it!!!
3. Go out to Lapa and enjoy the lovely atmosphere
Lapa is the place where all Brazilians go out to party or just walk around, have a drink and meet some friends. It’s a great place to hang out and you can also visit the colorful famous Lapa steps.
We stayed at a wonderful hostel in Santa Teresa called ‘Santa Mix Hostel’. I really recommend this hostel. The staff went out with us at night to Lapa and were helpful and so friendly. This is an awsome hostel.
4. Enjoy the beautiful Ipanema beach
Ipanema beach is one of the best in Rio. The view is wonderful and the beach is fun in the sunny hot weather of Rio. It’s fun to walk along the beach, but the best part is watching the sunset at Arpoador, the big rock between Copacabana and Ipanema beach.
5. Go to see some nature at Tijuca forest
In the middle of the busy city you can find the huge beautiful Tijuca Forest. You can choose one of the many trails or climb your way to a cold refreshing waterfall and enjoy this peace of nature. This is a great place to visit and very recommended.
6. Appreciate the impressive Christ the Redeemer statue
Take the train to the amazing Corcovado mountain. The huge Christ the Redeemer statue is beautiful. The landscape from Corcovado is incredible. Standing up there you can enjoy the panoramic view of Rio.