Rio de Janeiro is quickly becoming one of the worlds hottest
destinations and with the 2014 Football World Cup and 2016 Olympics approaching
fast its popularity is about to explode!
Rio has so many amazing natural and man-made attractions and
sights which include (but aren’t limited to); Sugar Loaf Mountain, Christ the
Redeemer statue, the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon, Ipanema and Copacabana beaches,
Barra de Tijuca, skyscrapers, Favela de Rocinha (considered to be perhaps the
largest favela or shanty in Latin America), Pedra de Gavea (a 842 metre
mountain that dips into the Atlantic Ocean), and many other beautiful beaches,
mountain peaks and rainforests.
What better way to take in all of the beauty of Rio than
from the air? Hang-gliding in Rio was one of the highlights of my South
American adventure and I would recommend it to anyone visiting Rio!
We simply turned up to Sau Conrado Beach and negotiated a
price with our instructors and were promptly taken through the Tijuca National
Park to the Pedra Bonita ramp where your flight begins. You are given a safety
induction here and might even be lucky enough like us to see some cute monkeys
playing nearby! Take the time to experience the beauty of the Tijuca National
park, one of the biggest urban rainforests in the world!
The flight took just over 10 minutes and you landed back on
Sau Conrado Beach. I chose to purchase
the video and photos from the trip, but honestly to anyone else I would
recommend only buying the photos I haven’t even watched my video once!
I am incredibly scared of heights
but took the plunge and
with the calm assistance and encouragement from my instructor I was able
face my fears and experience the thrill and views of a lifetime! The
whole experience was safe and professional from the beginning right
through to the end.
I could not recommend this more highly to anyone visiting
Rio, it was awe-inspiring and breathtaking and I personally think the best way
to experience all this amazing city has to offer! Plus, who hasn’t ever wanted
to see what its like to fly like a bird?!