Rio de Janeiro
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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.

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Football Match in Rio

2. Football Match in Rio

Nowhere on the planet is the game of football more passionately loved than in Brazil. Get a feel for the importance of football to ordinary Brazilians by taking in a thrilling match. A match in any of Rio's Stadiums is an exciting experience even for those with only a passing interest in football. The atmosphere in the stadium is alive with fans waving huge silk banners and flags whilst setting off flares and fireworks. Chants and samba drums reverberate through the stadium as vendors climb through the crowds selling cold beers, popcorn, hats, scarfs, and headbands. Experience the fevered frenzy of Brazilian football and join the thousands of colorful, joyous fans, playing music, singing, and jumping throughout the match. Rio's passion for football makes every game a game to remember. Matches take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

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Maracana Stadium 3-Hour Behind-the-Scenes Tour

3. Maracana Stadium 3-Hour Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Feel like a soccer star entering the field on this 3-hour tour of the legendary Maracana Stadium.  See a collection of mementos of the stars who made history in this temple of world football. Get ready for an exciting journey, exploring its history with video, sound and a variety of different experiences. It is not every stadium that has seen 2 World Cup Finals! There is a lot of history here and excitement in the air. You don't have to imagine how the world's biggest football stars such as former players Zico, Pelé and Garrincha feel here, you can feel it too.

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Rio de Janeiro: Maracanã & Flamengo Football Tour

4. Rio de Janeiro: Maracanã & Flamengo Football Tour

Embark on the Tour of Gávea and visit the iconic areas belonging to the Flamengo club, the most popular football team in Brazil. Enter the hallowed Maracanã Stadium, one of the most important football stadiums in the world and the venue of the World Cup finals in 1950 and 2014. Pass by the basketball/volleyball gym, soccer stadium, gymnastics zone, and the water park. If you're lucky, you might meet a former soccer player or Olympic athlete along the way. Visit the headquarters of the Regatas do Flamengo Futebol Club, more commonly known as Flamengo. Learn about the legendary players such as Zico, Bebeto, Júnior, and lots more. See the memorabilia that tells the stories of the important moments and matches that have taken place there. Snap one-of-a-kind pictures at the headquarters of one of the biggest clubs in America. 

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Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf Mountain & Maracana by Train

5. Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf Mountain & Maracana by Train

If you have always dreamed of visiting Rio then this is the tour for you. Take a tour of downtown and learn a little bit about the city's history with a stop at the incredible Metropolitan Cathedral.  Next stop is Sugar Loaf Mountain. From Urca Hill and Sugar Loaf Mountain, you'll see some great views of Guanabara Bay and Niterói. You'll also see where the City of Rio was founded and where the fights between the Portuguese and French took place. For a break before Christ Redeemer, enjoy an appetizing barbecue lunch. If you are not a meat lover, don't worry, there are plenty of sides and alternative options for vegetarians. After lunch, make your way to Maracanã Stadium where you will take a lap around the stadium and have a short stop so you can appreciate the splendor of the two-time World Cup Finals host. There you will be able to imagine the amount of history that took place since its opening in 1950 when Brazil hosted its first World Cup. Then, take a train ride up the Corcovado Mountain and sit beneath the Christ Redeemer Statue looking down on the marvelous city of Rio. Don't miss the chance to snap terrific photographs.

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Rio: Maracanã Stadium & Christ the Redeemer by Rack Railway

6. Rio: Maracanã Stadium & Christ the Redeemer by Rack Railway

Make your way to Maracanã where you will take a lap around the outside of the stadium and have a short stop so you can appreciate the splendor of the two-time World Cup Finals host. There, you will be able to imagine the amount of history that took place since its opening in 1950, when Brazil hosted its first World Cup. Once the biggest stadium in the world, the stadium was used extensively during the World Cups and recent Olympics, and it's often used for local games and concerts. Next you head to the Cosme Velho Train Station to make your way to Rio’s major attraction: The Christ Redeemer Statue at the top of Corcovado Mountain. Ride the rack railway train from Cosme Velho station, through the Tijuca rainforest, and up Corcovado Mountain (maybe you'll see a monkey on the way up). The train ride ends at the top of Corcovado Mountain where you'll have about 1 hour to view the iconic Christ the Redeemer Statue, the symbol of Rio de Janeiro for many years. Enjoy views across the whole of Rio and beyond and spot Ipanema and Copacabana from way up high.

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What people are saying about Rio de Janeiro

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 140 reviews

This was my first time hang gliding and I was naturally a bit apprehensive. The entire process was super smooth and everyone of the company very professional. There are lots of safety checks and government regulation in place to make sure that every flight is a safe one. My pilot Beto was excellent and made the flight really enjoyable. It was a smooth landing on the beach definitely a bucket list moment I’m grateful I did.

The entire experience was epic!!! Beto and his team are extremely well organized, professional, and also so much fun! From pickup to drop off, I felt like I was on a journey of a lifetime! Beto, thank you for making my flight so enjoyable and personalized!!! I will be back!

This is something fantastic!!! Adrenaline, beauty of nature, wind! Must do! Must do! And must do again!!!

Such a great and wonderful feeling flying like the birds, it is a must do if your in Rio

amazing experience! if you are in Rio do not miss out!