The popularity of hang gliding in Rio—second only to surfing—is unsurprising viewing the spectacular surroundings involved. The classic (and most breathtaking) trip is to jump off Pedra Bonita (in the Parque Nacional da Tijuca) and glide down to the Praia do Pepino in São Conrado.
Both Just Fly (tel. 21/2268-0565, www.justfly.com.br) and HiltonFlyRio (tel. 21/2278-3779, www.hiltonflyrio.com) charge between R$240 and R$280 for the thrill, including transportation to and from your hotel.
© Michael Sommers from Moon Brazil, 2nd Edition