Exciting Things to Do in Rio de Janeiro

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Exciting Things to Do in Rio de Janeiro for Thrill Seekers

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  • Timbo
    3 contributions
    There is no where else on Earth like this - what an experience! The staff are incredibly well-trained & patient. A must-do on the bucket list!
    Written 30 April 2022
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  • Luca M
    New York City, NY531 contributions
    Magnificent.

    I suggest to go with the little train and book online at least the day before to avoid surprises. Do not go with bad weather, it would be a waste.

    The view of Rio is Beautiful and the monument fantastic. I don't give 5 stars because it's not short-breadthening like pyramids of Giza or the Coliseum in Rome, but it's close. :)
    Written 8 May 2022
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  • MarcioHaraguchi
    Sao Paulo, SP1,050 contributions
    You have two options to get to the top of the Urca Hill. The traditional is by the cable car, but you can also take the easy trail thta starts somewhere in the middle of Claudio Coutinho´s walk (it begins at the left side of the beach).
    There you will find some options of food and snacks.
    With some luck, you will see planes landing on the Santos Dummont airport maneuvering just a couple of hundreds meters in from of you. (also is a nice experience to get on one of these flights)
    Written 29 January 2021
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  • Walter S
    Rio de Janeiro, RJ91 contributions
    Perfect for long walks. Not too much to do on the way / beach. More south, lesser building, more nature / birds.
    Written 28 May 2021
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  • united9999
    Coventry, UK113 contributions
    We saw Brazil v Chile here for a World Cup qualification match, what an experience, the Brazilian fans are so passionate and love their team. An amazing stadium as well.
    Written 25 March 2022
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  • Walter S
    Rio de Janeiro, RJ91 contributions
    Nice hike, with a great view as a reward at the end. Look for the monkeys on your way up. Level : moderate
    Written 28 May 2021
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  • T D
    Philadelphia, PA2,910 contributions
    A must do if you’re in Rio! We were approached by a sales lady who offered a van service that would take us on top of the visitor center and include two additional viewpoint for R50 each person round trip, so we agreed to it. The van service took us to this great view of Rio - it’s about half way to visitor center. Then it drove us the visitor center afterwards. Beautiful view!
    Written 6 March 2022
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  • yaf111
    Brussels, Belgium174 contributions
    Very nice beach in Ipanema, less people, great waves, close to Arpoador Hotel where you can have a drink in their stunning view terrace.
    Written 31 July 2021
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  • Grant P
    12 contributions
    Amazing hike but it's actually very hard....some parts I felt like I needed a rope...I went up without but saw people going up with a rope. Anyways, the views are amazing but the hike is something very hard...I mean I was kinda dying the next day.
    Written 17 August 2021
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  • Lovin' it on Phuket
    1,258 contributions
    This is a lovely beach to visit if it isn't crowded. I found it to be less of a headache than Copacabana and less busy than Ipanema. It is one of the areas you should check out and explore when you first arrive in Rio so it stands out a bit in your memory.
    Written 31 December 2020
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  • Jack Miller
    Czech Republic26 contributions
    Beauty. It is an unmissable visit for all visitors. It comes easily. There are no lines to enter and they do not charge entrance. For lovers of architecture and art it is an incredible place.
    Written 16 June 2020
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  • chelsealynne
    Pensacola, FL897 contributions
    I did the waterfall hike and it was amazing. It was very crowded for a Monday at the first two waterfalls we didn’t even take photos there instead we continued down a difficult path with chains and ropes to the third waterfall which was beautiful and though there were several people around it was still possible to get in the waterfall alone. My brother and I were the only gringos here. The trail continues past the third waterfall to a bunch of small waterfalls just beautiful. These are the things that make me
    Love life. I got a ton of bug bites I don’t think they were mosquitoes. I forgot to reapply bug spray after getting out of the waterfall. The bites are still on my legs a week later.
    Written 25 January 2021
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  • Sam M
    1 contribution
    Beautiful view! Fun favela mototaxi

    I went with my girlfriend in Jan 2022. We ubered to the base of Vidigal and then got a mototaxi for R5 each to the base of the trail. They knew what we were coming for and there were about 20 guys there. They look like they primarily take people who live in the favela up to their houses. At the base of the trail there was a guy who made us pay an additional R5 each to get on the trail. It felt off the books and we protested, but we don’t speak portugese and then didn’t really mind paying one more dollar.

    The hike was beautiful. We had views of Rochina off the back of the trail and then incredible views of the whole city, Christ the Redeemer, Lagoa, Leblon and Ipanema once at the top.

    On the way down we started walking down because the taxis don’t wait at the base, but waved down two mototaxis quickly and they returned us to the base.

    Highly recommend.
    Written 27 January 2022
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  • AdamCaldwell
    St. George, UT175 contributions
    We had to make 2 trips from Rio to accomplish this hike. The first time we left from Rio at 8:30 am, and by the time we arrived, there was no parking, thus we turned around and drove back to the hotel. The next day we left Rio by 6:45 am and had lots of parking options. We did the hike in about an hour and had no line for pictures at the top. By the time our group of 4 had taken a dozen pictures, there was an hour+ line waiting for their turn to take pictures. A few tips: (1) Google maps will mostly get you there, but from the main road, there will be a steep road that curves up and to the left…this is the road you take, and after a few blocks, you will start to find houses and small lots that offer parking. (2) near the top, we found a couple groups that couldn’t find the rock. Once at the “top”, you have to go a couple hundred yards down the other side (towards the ocean) before you find the rock you are looking for. Using Google maps (and our gps location) helped us find the rock when others got lost.
    Written 5 March 2022
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  • Curt W
    Rio de Janeiro, RJ165 contributions
    Just a laid back surfers paradise...plenty of good waves home of Brazilian surfing legend Daniel Freidman..easy going no rush
    Written 28 September 2021
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