Canoe and Hike in Rio de Janeiro

See Rio from the water on an outrigger canoe, before hiking up the famous Sugarloaf Mountain. 0.5 day.

Canoe across Rio’s beautiful Guanabara Bay whilst keeping an eye out for dolphins. Pull up on a golden beach and then hike through the forest to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain for epic views across the city. Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • Fully trained, English speaking guide
  • Canoe and equipment
  • Life jacket
  • Water and snacks

Perfect for: Active travellers who want to get away from the crowds and see the well-known sights of Rio from a completely different angle.

Need To Know

  • Fully trained, English speaking guides
  • All canoeing equipment
  • A lifejacket
  • Drinks and snacks

There are direct flights to Rio de Janeiro with British Airways, as well as a wide choice of indirect flights via São Paulo and Europe.

There are direct flights to Rio de Janeiro with British Airways, as well as a wide choice of indirect flights via São Paulo and Europe.

There are direct flights to Rio de Janeiro with British Airways, as well as a wide choice of indirect flights via Europe or Sao Paolo.

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Wear a swimming costume under your clothes so you can go for a refreshing dip. We also recommend a hat and plenty of sunscreen.

The only extra costs are travel to and from the meeting point in Flamengo Park, an easy taxi ride or subway journey from anywhere in Rio.

Of course! The group size is from three people up to twelve, so you’ll be in a small group with other travellers.

The weather in Rio is generally hot and sunny, with temperatures all year round between 25°C and 35°C. December to March is summer, however even outside this time the weather is very warm and pleasant.

No experience is needed! You will be taught how to canoe on the beach before you set off and the hike is relatively easy and suitable for all abilities.


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Set around Guanabara Bay and known as the Cidade Maravilhosa, or ‘Marvellous City’, Rio de Janeiro is an unforgettable mix of golden beaches, forested mountains and favelas scattered amongst upmarket neighbourhoods. As well as its famous beaches like Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana, the city is also the birthplace of Samba and home to a thriving nightlife. The sheer granite walls of Sugarloaf Mountain rise 1300 ft above the water and mark the entrance to the bay, making it the perfect viewpoint to survey the entire city.

Start Point?

You’ll meet on the beach at Flamengo Park, at numbered lifeguard station ‘Posto 2’ (10 minutes walk from Largo do Machado subway station). On Saturdays, you’ll depart at 11:00 and on Sundays at 9:00.

Finish Point?

You’ll return to Posto 2 again at 15:00 on Saturdays and 13:00 on Sundays.

Getting there and away?

Flamengo posto 2 station is located 10 minutes walk from Largo do Machado subway station.

What to Expect

Canoeing, hiking and panoramic views from the Sugaloaf

Meet your guide at Flamengo Park, a hotspot for outdoor activities and set off in your Va’a, a traditional Polynesian outrigger canoe.

Paddle for around one hour around Guanabara Bay as you head towards the imposing Sugarloaf Mountain, keeping an eye out for fish, turtles and dolphins.

Pull up your canoe on the golden sands of Praia Vermelha beach and take a refreshing swim before recharging with a drink and snack.

Set off on foot through the forested trail to the top of Morro da Urca and take in the views of Rio de Janeiro, including Christ the Redeemer, sprawling favelas and sandy beaches stretching down the coast.

Set off back down the trail to your canoe and paddle back across the bay to Flamengo Park to end your adventure.

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