Adventurous Weekend in Rio de Janeiro
Here's your weekly dose of travel inspiration. We've found a Rio local to guide us on his favorite hikes around the city. With a massive population of over 6 million, you may forget that the city is surrounded by natural wonders. Here are some hikes to take you outside of the hustle and give you a new perspective.
1. "Gavea stone"
Enjoy a Saturday morning hike to Pedra da Gávea. It takes about 2 hours to get there and provides one of the best views of the city. At an elevation of 2,769 feet, this one is not for the faint of heart. Many people claim to see a human face in the side of the mountain, though experts believe this is just the coincidental result of erosion.
2. Sugar Loaf
You can take the famous cable car up to the summit of Sugar Loaf mountain. This peak rises to an elevation of 1,299 feet and overlooks the bay. Bring lunch with you to watch-- or join!--the brave rock climbers. Counting Sugar Loaf together with two other peaks, makes Rio home to one of the world's largest urban climbing areas.
3. Christ the Redeemer
This statue is arguably the most iconic image of Rio and no trip would be complete without experiencing it. The statue was completed in 1931 and was a collaborative effort among at least 3 men-- designers, sculptors, engineers and architects. The statue has a 92 foot wingspan and wits atop Corcovado mountain overlooking the city. It is listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Visit the most famous spot in town at sunset for an especially great view.
4. Beach time in Itacoatiara
On Sunday morning head to Itacoatiara beach, the best in the city (and much less crowded than others). This beach is a haven for both surfers finding great swells off the Atlantic side and for climbers who have several routes and bouldering spots to pick from.
5. Visit "MAC" Museum
Wind down your adventurous visit with some cultural time in the MAC (Niterói Contemporary Art Museum (Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói — MAC), designed by Brazil’s most well known architect Oscar Niemeyer. The museum's viewing gallery features an incredible panoramic view of the city and the bay.
6. Sunset at City Park
Often a jumping spot for intrepid hang gliders, he best sunset in town can be seen from the edge of City Park. Here you'll find the silhouette of all of the city's other peaks, a view of all of the beaches of Niteroi, and the sparkling lights of Rio.
Big thanks to Orlando Neto-- our resident Rio Snapfluence contributor-- for this awesome article. Follow him and see more beautiful images of his city at @olcnphotography.
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