Ever since our first visit to Rio de Janeiro back in 2014, the city has held a special place in our hearts. We spent a month exploring and were barely able to scratch the surface of the experiences available. So here are a few of the things we’d be sure not to miss during our second round in The Marvelous City.


6 Things We’d Love To Try On Our Next Visit To Rio de Janeiro


Samba Lessons

Samba is synonymous with the infamous Carnival and Brazilian experience. While we were able to go to a few dance parties and clubs where Samba was featured, we never really got to learn the steps ourselves. Fortunately, there are now plenty of Samba schools in Rio which teach the fast-paced, high-energy dance. Of course, I expect we’ll have to take more than a few lessons to get comfortable with the motions.


Rock Climbing Sugarloaf Mountain

If you’ve done any research into Rio then you’ve likely come across the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain. Its sweeping views across the city are unparalleled and easily accessible thanks to the cable cars that whisk you up to the top. While we were on our ride up to the peak I couldn’t help but notice a few tiny dots on the side of the cliff. After returning back home, we did some further research and discovered that climbing up the side of Sugarloaf Mountain has multiple routes across all levels of difficulty.


Sunset Sail

We love ourselves a good sunset sailing trip. From Maui to Nicaragua, Costa Rica and the Bahamas, we love ourselves a good sunset sailing excursion. And what more picturesque location could you hope for than Rio de Janeiro! Just imagine cruising around Guanabara Bay with Christ The Redeemer statue’s outstretched arms and the golden sun shining down, count us on board.


Surf Alongside The Arpoador

Since living in Costa Rica, we try to take every chance we get to enjoy the amazing waves we have on offer. While not known for its legendary surf, The Arpoador is probably the most consistent and local spot in Rio de Janeiro. Best suited for beginners and intermediates, it would be a fun way to spend the afternoon at the junction of the city’s two most iconic beaches, Ipanema and Copacabana.


Visit Christ The Redeemer

While the iconic statue is visible from nearly everywhere in the city, believe it or not, we never actually got around to visiting it. With our trips to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain and treks to the top of Tijuca’s Peak and Dois Irmaos we probably felt like we had a pretty good sense of Rio from above. There are multiple ways to access Christ The Redeemer including train or van, but one of the most rewarding would undoubtedly be to do the roughly 1.5-hour hike from Parque Lage.


Cycle Around Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoa

Known as “The Heart Of Rio de Janeiro” this natural lagoon is encompassed by a 7.2km paved path perfect for a bike ride before enjoying a sweet cone of gelato. We walked a small portion of the trail but would love to experience the entire route during our next trip.


Hang Gliding Over The Marvelous City

While seeing the city from its multiple peaks is a great way to get a sense of your surroundings, one of the only ways to get a true bird’s eye view is via a hang gliding ride. We had a less elevated hang gliding experience on the sand dunes of the Outer Banks of North Carolina many years back. It was an absolute blast and I’m sure slowly sliding over Rio will be a memory we also won’t soon forget.


While we have never had any issues with safety, it’s no secret that Rio de Janeiro has struggled with crime and potentially dangerous urban areas. We don’t suggest exploring outside the well-known tourist areas, especially without someone you trust who knows the area well. A Rio de Janeiro private tour guide is one way you can simplify the planning and travel process to make sure your trip is as safe and care-free as possible.

Have you been to Rio? What was your experience like?