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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: 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: 30 or 60-Minute Highlights Helicopter Tour

3. Rio de Janeiro: 30 or 60-Minute Highlights Helicopter Tour

For the 30-minute helicopter sightseeing flight, experience the spectacular sights of Rio de Janeiro from the sky. As you take off from the airport located near the Olympic center, head upwards and fly towards the shores of Barra da Tijuca. The captain will take you along the shoreline over Rio’s fabulous beaches of Barra da Tijuca, Joatinga, São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema, and Copacabana.  Next, see highlights of the city, which include Sugarloaf Mountain and the impressive Christ the Redeemer statue, standing atop Corcovado Mountain. Enjoy plenty of opportunities to take unique photos while hovering in the sky. Alternatively, upgrade your tour to the 60-minute tour, which is the same as the 30-minute tour but also includes flying over the Modern Museum of Art of Niterói, Santos Dumont Airport, Downtown Rio, Maracanã Stadium, Tijuca Forest, and more. Book your flight during the day, at sunset or in the evening up until 8 PM..

Rio de Janeiro: Tandem Paragliding Flight

4. 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.

Rio de Janeiro: Sightseeing Helicopter Flight

5. Rio de Janeiro: Sightseeing Helicopter Flight

Your aviation adventure begins at Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, or Sugarloaf (depending on option chosen), where you board the helicopter and set off for a bird's eye view tour of Rio de Janeiro. As you fly over this vibrant city, admire unforgettable panoramic views of the landscape below, and appreciate this truly unique experience. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to marvel at the beaches, mountains, and iconic landmarks of the city from the skies. There are 4 options to choose from when booking your helicopter tour.

Rio de Janeiro: 2-Hour Boat Trip with Parasailing

6. Rio de Janeiro: 2-Hour Boat Trip with Parasailing

The operator will first search for the best spot to fly. The most common destinations are the coast of Niteroi and Urca, but depending on the conditions, other routes are also possible.  After getting outfitted with a life vest and harness, you're seated on the flight deck of the boat. Once seated, the first crew mate clips your harness to the parachute. Then up you will ascend really nice and smoothly, just like sitting on a swing set that slowly elevates you for the experience of a lifetime.  The local operator does everything that is possible to ensure your safety. How? Always respecting the limits of nature, providing the best equipment and performing constant security checks. Your safety is top priority! 

Rio de Janeiro: Hang Gliding or Paragliding Flight

7. 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 de Janeiro: Favela Tour and Hang Gliding Experience

8. 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.

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What people are saying about Rio de Janeiro (State)

Very professional instructor who did everything so that we could carry out the activity despite the gloomy weather. Very nice, competent, and speaking French, he knew how to put us in confidence to make our first jump. Many thanks to him and his team!

The guides were very kind, and while not all of them spoke fluent english, they work very hard to make sure you feel safe, confident, and have a very enjoyable experience.

Amazing experience. Well planned. Felt safe with trusted staff. A must do if you are looking for something new and exciting amongst your travels.

Unforgettable experience! Nothing compares to this unique activity in Rio. Highly recommend!

You feel like a bird! It was very thrilling and a tad scary but completely worth it