Hiking and Climbing
Given the changeable weather and the harsh terrain, guides are recommended for all major walks and climbs in Rio. Of particular note within the city itself are the hikes up Corcovado from Parque Lage and the trip through Tijuca Forest to Pico da Tijuca.
Brazil Active. These ecotourism specialists provide a wealth of options—including horse treks and yoga trails, along with climbing, mountain biking, and other standbys—for every age range. Rua Francisca Sales 645, Jacarepaguá, Rio de Janeiro, 22760–000. or 021/2424–5455. www.trilhasdorio.com.br.
Centro Excursionista Brasileiro. You can research and register for all upcoming tours on Centro Excursionista's website. The outfit, which lead treks throughout Rio State and as far away as Minas Gerais, provides guides, maps, and all the gear you'll need. Av. Almirante Barroso 2, Centro, Rio de Janeiro, 20031–000. 021/2252–9844. www.ceb.org.br.
Rio Adventures. You need to book your adventures well in advance with this outfit that arranges caving, fishing, rafting, and hiking and mountain climbing trips. Praça Radial Sul 25, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, 22260–070. 021/2705–5747 or 021/9768–5221. rioadventures.com.