Sports and Recreation in Rio de Janeiro City

Blessed with many natural attractions, Cariocas are a pretty sporty bunch. Beach activities—everything from walking, jogging, and yoga to surfing, soccer, and volleyball—are very popular, as are sports that take advantage of the city’s mountain peaks.

Lake Quilotoa and the Quilotoa Loop

The road northwest of Latacunga loops through a series of remote indigenous villages. The spectacular scenery in this region—in particular the incredible beauty of Lake Quilotoa—makes this a very popular hiking destination.

Paraty, Brazil: Exploring a Colonial Jewel

Lying halfway between Rio and São Paulo, set amid blue ocean and jagged green mountains, Paraty is one of the most charismatic colonial towns you’ll ever encounter. Read on for the top sights, places to stay, and things to do in Paraty.

El Bolsón, Argentina

El Bolsón, Argentine Patagonia’s counterculture capital, may be the place to replace your faded tie-dyes, but it’s also a beauty spot in a fertile valley between stunning longitudinal mountain ranges that provide fine hiking.

Valle de Uco Wineries

About an hour southwest of Mendoza, near the towns of Tupungato and Tunuyán, the Uco Valley is an increasingly important wine region and the site of some ambitious wine development and real-estate projects.

Exploring the Río Mendoza Valley

Learn about the towns and resorts of the upper Río Mendoza valley including Uspallata, Los Penitentes, and Puente del Inka. A getaway region for locals, almost everyone finds it a diverse recreational destination.