Rio de Janeiro really puts the 'great' in 'great outdoors'. The city is a dream destination for thrill seekers, sporty types and nature lovers. The stunning city is home not only to seemingly endless beaches, but it also boasts eye-boggling mountains, and the world's largest swathe of urban jungle in the form of Tijuca National Park. Surfers and bodyboarders hone their skills at the beaches west of the city, while joggers and cyclists speed along the beachfront.
Rio de Janeiro outdoor activities can be as heart-racingly energetic or as soothingly laid back as visitors choose. While a strong undertow at most Rio de Janeiro beaches means that swimming is best left to the locals, there is ample opportunity to learn to surf with skilled instructors in Rio, while pleasant gardens such as Jardim Botanico and Parque Lage provide an opportunity to appreciate the city's magnificent native flora without breaking a sweat.
Hardy souls can hike through the jungle to arrive at legendary statue of Christ the Redeemer, at the peak of Corcovado mountain, while more leisurely strolls will lead visitors past natural pools and waterfalls to viewpoints that take in sweeping vistas over this most dramatically beautiful of citites.
And with a year-round hot, sunny climate, the only excuse for staying indoors is a tropical downpour - when it rains, the locals make a dash for their homes, or the nearest bar.