SURPRISES IN NITEROI
When you are planning a trip to Rio and you wish to go hanglyding or paraglyding you will think about Pedra Bonita in Rio, and you are right...this is the place in Rio where you can do it...but it is not so off the beaten path thing to do as in every travel book you will find comments about it, and it s so worldwide famous that the prices are over the clouds!!!
But there is a solution...in Niteroi, there is a fantastic viewpoint where Niteroi and the entirely skyline of Rio can be seen, and there is a local PARAGLYDING SCHOOL THERE!!!
And to jump you spend less money and you will have very efficient instructors, local price ONLY!!!
And you can fly like this!!! (see picture!)
MARCH 13TH 2008
Soccer is Brazil's favorite pasttime. If you're in Rio, check the days when the four local teams are playing in Maracana. It is one of the largest stadiums in the world, hosting some of the most important games in soccer history...and will be hosting the final in 2014.
It was definitely worthwhile. My two friends are not huge soccer fans, but I think that taking them to the Rio final was the highlight of our trip. We met locals, drank beer, and cheered on the local teams.
Its very, very, very crowded and you may get lost!! But the guides are wearing very distinct clothing so not to lose you!
A match at the Maracanã
On arrival in Rio one of the first things we wanted to find out about was: how to get tickets for a match at the Maracanã! We've followed our own team, Newcastle United, all over Europe but had never had the chance to go to a match in South America, and of course for all football fans there is something magic about Brazilian football, regardless of what team you support. So, we asked the question and were told that there was a game that very evening and a chance for tickets if we weren't too tired by our journey. We'd been travelling all night so of course we were tired, but never too tired for football! The game was exciting and the play very skillful. When we saw that Botafoga play in black and white stripes, as Newcastle do, we adopted them. And like Newcastle so often, they managed to turn a 1-0 lead at half-time into a 1-2 defeat!
But no matter - what really made an impression and made the evening special was the passion of the fans. In some ways this is the same the world over, but how it is expressed varies, and at the Maracanã passion means flags, as large and dramatic as you can manage. If you're a football fan in Brazil, of course you must go to a match. And if you're not a fan, go anyway - who knows, by the end of the match, probably you'll have become one!
I’ve seen tickets advertised on LastMinute.com, or try your guide or travel agent (if you have one) or local tour company.
IN A WEEKEND...GO TO TO MARACANÃ
Attending a football match is a real challenge for us, very funny an exciting...it will be a real adventure but I like doing it...CHECK VERY DEARLY what time the match will be and be at the stadium about 3 hours before the game starts, it is the time when you can pick up a very strategic place to park the car because if the car is parked in the street we will have a serious risk to have our stereo stolen, there is also a possibility for you to go to the stadium using public transportation which will be something ABSOLUTELY LOCAL to do, and with me there will be no problem at all, I am pretty used to go to the stadium and MARACANA is the TEMPLE of our brazilian SOCCER.
You might get the tickets in the surrounding streets of Maracana and the tickets might be costing 50 reais which is about 25 american dollars, and the hunting for a ticket could be more exciting than a FBI operation, hahahaha :)
Rio can be a perfect spot for surfist, Rio is also part of the WORLD SURFING COMPETITION normally held in Barra da Tijuca, but it is very common to surf in the middle of Copacabana Beach moe or less in front of Bolivar Street, close to Copacabana Fortress, in Diabo Beach, next to Arpoador Rock close to Ipanema and in the end of Leblon Beach.
The waves are huge specially when cold fronts come to Rio from Argentina or Uruguay. Rio has a long oceanic coast which makes it perfect for the practice of surf, and we have thousand and thousand of surfers which come from every different part of Brazil searching for the perfect waves!
By the way, I took this photo at LEBLON BEACH!
Equipment: A surfing board and lots of guts!
hang gliding in Rio de Janeiro
One of the bests adventures in RIO DE JANEIRO Brasil is the TANDEM FLIGHT , a flight over the biggest urban forest in the world and landing in the beach. Adrenaline and beautifull........i recomend...it was the very best experience i ever had outside.....see pictures in ....
and the video:
Equipment: equipment and experience is not necessary !!!!!!!!
- Adventure Travel
- National/State Park
- Mountain Climbing
Climbing Sugar Loaf
Sugar Loaf: 5.10 rock climbing on the West Face or 5.6 on the East Face.
Hire a rock climbing guide with transfer, full equipment for both and trail snack.
This is Crux Ecoadventure - www.cruxecoaventura.com.br -
Equipment: bring sunscreen, camera and tennis shoes.
- Hiking and Walking
- Mountain Climbing
Guide to all sports activities in Rio!
I finally found a guide who is able to take us foreigners out to hike or climb around Rio. Surprisingly enough, he is my husband's childhood neighbor. Small world, huh? He runs a wonderful company called Rio hiking. Trust me, if you are outdoorsy enough you should call this guy. Rio has amazing hiking and climbing. It's beautiful in that way! Pre-baby, this was one of my favorite Rio activities.
I don't mean to short sell these guys. Keep in mind that they can help you do basically any sports activity Rio has to offer!
Equipment: They can and will supply equipment. I'm not sure if there is a discount or not if you supply your own equipment.
- Hiking and Walking
- Mountain Climbing
Climbing the granite domes of Rio
Rio is a rock climbing paradise. There are established technical routes on the famous Sugar Loaf mountain, Corcovado (where the Christ statue is), and the highest peak of the area - Pedra da Gavea.
Equipment: Montcamp store (www.montcamp.com.br) in downtown Rio sells most rock climbing and hiking gear. They can also hook you up with guides. Going with a guide is a good idea for safety reasons.
- Hiking and Walking
- Mountain Climbing
PERFECT BEACH FOR SURFING - PRAINHA
It is hard to go there by bus, because there is no bus that takes you to Prainha...It is hard to go there walking, you have got to cross some hills to finally reach this gorgeous paradise. So the best way to go there is using a car and also get to know someone who knows the area quite well.
But when you head your way to Barra da Tijuca and follow the coast going west, you will find a Natural Reserve called Grumari...Prainha is the first beach of this Reserve!
Equipment: ALL YOU NEED IS A SURFING BOARD!
SURF IN THE WINTER
Rio is a cool destination for surfing, even in urban areas like Arpoador and Leblon, São Conrado is also a great surfing spot, but the most famous in the city is the gorgeous PRAINHA!
It is a beach where many few people from other countries knows about its existence, but now it is up to you to discover!
July 14th, 2006
Equipment: HEHEHEHEHE WHAT DO YOU NEED FOR SURFING???
HEADING TO THE OCEAN!!!
AND CLOSE TO THE GRASS...WOW!!! :)
WHEN YOU JUMP WITH YOUR PARAGLYDERS FROM THE HILL IN NITEROI, TO BE PRECISE, FROM THE TOP OF PARQUE DA CIDADE HILL, the real great sensation is getting rid of the ground and go meeting the clouds, hahahaha :) In this picture you can see my feet and the gorgeous landscape that I was supposed to see...
the beggining is very difficult, but 5 seconds later, it is like Heavens, and it is HEAVENS!!!!
FLY ME TO THE SUN!!!!
All right, you can usually do it if you come to Rio, but you will have two options...Once going to a very touristic hill in rio and paying a fortune to fly...Using paraglyders or handglyders of course!!! the second option is going to Niteroi where many local people have fun jumping from the hill with paraglyders, it is a flying school with very serious and efficient instructors. and they charge very small fees for the visitors!
I went there many times! and this is my face of happiness when I fly like a voiture in the skies of Niteroi with a gorgeous landscape of Rio and Niteroi at the same time!!!;)
Equipment: Good paraglyder and with an excellent instructor called Luciano!;)
See a futebol (soccer) game at Maracana
Seeing a game at this famous stadium, built for the 1950 World Cup, was one of the highlights of our trip, you don't really even need to be a sports fan to get caught up in the excitement of the matches. At one time this stadium held 200,000 people (and that number may have been reached a couple of times in its history), seats have been removed and the capacity is around 100,000, still a heck of a lot of people!
We had heard so many cautionary tales about traveling to Rio that we decided to go on one of the guided excursions to Maracana with the same guide we did a day tour with the previous day. The cost is 50 reals ($25 US), most of which is for transportation as the face value of the tickets were 5 reals ($2.50 US). For me it was worth the extra cost of having guaranteed transportation, a local to explain some of the customs and a group of people to sit with.
The day we went, there were 2 semi-final matches, our guide said the more popular teams were already eliminated which might have partially explained the low attendance. But we sat for the first match with one teams group of fans and then moved for the 2nd game to another section that came complete with the own flags, plastic flags for the fans and a drum section. It would be impossible not to get caught up in their enthusiasm!!!! The 2nd match was tied at the end so it went to a penalty shootout and our team won-YEAH!
Vendors bring around drinks and snacks during the matches so no worries about going thirsty or hungry. But I wouldn't recommend the Globos, they taste like cardboard-blech!
An optional part of our tour was to go hang gliding from one of the peaks in Tijuca National Park down to the beach, one of our group of 4 opted to do this so we went up and watched as fearless person after fearless person jumped off the cliff. I thought the vultures circling around were an ominous sign but our fearless guy went ahead, got himself strapped into his gear and jumped off the cliff for the short ride down to the beach (the heavier you are the faster it will go). I think he paid $120US for the pleasure of flinging himself off the side of that cliff, it might be less if you booked separately without being on a tour but hang gliding is not an activity where you want to go with the cheapest guy!!!!
We passed on this, me because I had already tried parapunting in New Zealand and while the ride itself isn't that scary, the hour sitting around waiting for your turn was absolutely nerve wracking!
There's also an option to go via tandem parachute but as we were climbing up to get to the ramp where they launch there was an ambulance that went by, our guide said there were more accidents from using the parachutes than the hang gliders.
He reported back that the only scary part was running down the ramp, once he was in the air he said you really didn't have the sensation of being that high up, kind of how I felt when we went hot air ballooning.
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