Rio de Janeiro is a Brazilian coastal city that lies at the foot of a mountain. It is Rio de Janeiro’s shape that make the city so admired. After all, just look at the Corcovado and Sugar Loaf: huge rocks & classic tourist spots. All this hight and robustness are captivating and very favorable for the practice of extreme sports combined with nature.
Thanks to the Serra do Mar, to follow inside the State is to guarantee unforgettable adventures. The Serra dos Órgãos National Park (local name for the Serra do Mar) covers the cities of Guapimirim, Magé, Petrópolis and Teresópolis. You will find there the largest trail network of Brazil.
To start the day in the capital of Rio de Janeiro, wear light clothes and put on some sunscreen. Your destination is the Pedra Bonita, a privileged peak in the Tijuca National Park. This location is considered one of the best in the world for hang gliding and paragliding because of the panoramic view of almost the entire Wonderful City: the Ilhas Cagarras, the Rocinha
shanty town, the Pedra da Gávea, among others.
After about 15 minutes, landing is done on Praia do Pepino located in the neighborhood of São Conrado. Walk by the shore, drink coconut water and end the adventure with a swim. To perform the flights it is necessary to look for expert trainers who can monitor your flight safely.
Canoeing starts on the small beach of Urca, only 100 m long. If weather conditions are favorable, you can reach the Praia de Fora, at the foot of Pão de Açúcar, one of the options on Baía de Guanabara. The coast of the capital of Rio de Janeiro has its very own characteristics. The coast is full of mountains. There are beaches, the Atlantic forest, in addition to beautiful islands. Canoeing is practised here under rare perspective.
The Praia do Diabo is free for surfing and has a lot of big and strong waves during some moments of the year. It's not a place for beginners: there are currents and the formation of irregular waves. Access is made by the Arpoador, at the very end of Ipanema Beach. It is a partially enclosed location and access is only available in the right corner.
It's time to go up the mountain towards the Serra dos Órgãos National Park, with 20,024 ha of green area. This is one of the best locations for mountain sports such as climbing, hiking and abseiling. The main attractions are the Dedo de Deus, considered one of the greatest challenges in the country for those who want to climb, and the Agulha do Diabo, named one of the 15 best rock climbs in the world.
The reservation also has 200 km of trails, some with some what challenging levels of difficulty. This is the case of the Petrópolis - Teresópolis crossing. The 30 km of climbs and descents through the top part of the mountains connect the two best known villages in the mountainous region of Rio de Janeiro.