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Parks and nature in Rio de Janeiro

Top parks

Park
“Maybe the most beautiful place in Rio and in the world. Just go. The café is not great but the store has beautiful indigenous craft.”
  • 502 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Rio’s Botanical Garden, really worth the visit. Commissioned by Brazil’s last emperor (yup…) due to his love of Brazilian flora. Very pleasant stroll, that can be coupled with one of Jardim Botanico’s (the neighbourhood) many restaurants.”
  • 201 locals recommend
Dog Run
“Go to Barrinha, take a stand up paddle tour. Beautiful location and it’s a short uber from the last stop of the subway. ”
  • 153 locals recommend
Park
“Em um dos maiores parques urbanos do mundo, projetado por Burle Max, voce vai encontrar pessoas se exercitando, lendo, crianças brincando, com a praia do Flamengo logo em frente (imprópria para banho). Nao recomendável ir a noite. \ In one of the largest urban parks in the world, designed by Burle Max, you will find people exercising, reading, children playing, with Flamengo beach just in front (not suitable for swimming). Not recommended to go at night.”
  • 189 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful Atlantic Rainforest about 600 meters in altitude. Great for hiking, biking, picnics and more. Reachable by a city bus!”
  • 154 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful park full of trees, it has a beautiful sunset. Full of people making sports: soccer, volleyball, tennis, basketball, skate, biking.”
  • 82 locals recommend
Park
“this beautiful sculpture park and nature trail is a short walk to this urban forest from the Ipanema Beach neighborhood. Incredible views at the top of the trail!”
  • 83 locals recommend
Portuguese Restaurant
“Here was the National Museum and in 2019 one big fire knocked over the museum. There is a big park. use subway until Sao Cristóvão Station Green Line and walk .”
  • 61 locals recommend

Playgrounds

Plaza
“Meeting point for a younger crowd (20-30's). Thursday nights and Sunday late afternoons are big days for this square, where you will see cariocas drinking and mingling the way they prefer: outside! ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Playground
“Young kids are welcome to the trendiest beach in Rio. It's even called the "Babies' Point". Bring your toddler's rockstar sunglasses along.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Plaza
“Saturdays 7:30 - 13:30. Fantastic selection of organic fruits and vegetables, local cheese, raw milk, honey, grains, flowers, etc. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Playground
“No posto 5, destaca-se o Parque Municipal Peter Pan. Um espaço muito apreciado pelas crianças em Copacabana. Pudera, o parque é todo feito para eles. Lá encontramos castelo de princesas, cogumelos gigantes, casinha de faroeste, posto de gasolina, gira-gira, escorregas, gangorras, fraldário, muito espaço verde e muita sombra. Lugar tranquilo, cercado de grades, o que dá mais segurança às crianças e tranquilidade aos pais.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Playground
“Local de lazer tradicional com restaurantes e feirinha que costumam funcionar à noite durante a alta temporada.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Plaza
“In this place you can rent bikes to ride the city... Also, there's a place here with artesanal fish sticks that are AMAZING!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Plaza
“Easy way to go to Hippie Market (Feira Hippie) in Ipanema; historic center; Lapa Archs (Arcos da Lapa); Maracanã stadium; Natural History Museum (Quinta da Boa Vista) and/or the National Zoo.”
  • 1 local recommends
Plaza
“This place is authentic, local, reasonably priced and absolutely delicious. The sausage was some of the best I ever had. And the steak/picanha is incredible tender.”
  • 3 locals recommend

Beaches

Beach
“Excellent for sightseeing and spend some time. There are 2 metro stations close. ”
  • 305 locals recommend
Beach
“Try to make time to go to Arpoador to watch the sunset. Usually the water is crystal clear over there and you can have a night swim at the beach! ”
  • 417 locals recommend
Beach
“(40mn by car from home), surrounded by rain forest, no construction, good surf spots”
  • 222 locals recommend
Beach
“À praia é linda, com mar pouco agitado e correnteza fraca. Pode-se nadar e brincar na água sem grandes perigos. Ocasionalmente vemos águas-vivas. Vale a atenção. ”
  • 135 locals recommend
Beach
“Copacabana Beach. Prefer the beaches in Ipanema and Leblon, next posts. Although I recommend you to visit Copacabana once and drink a Brahma Chopp (local Brazilian draught beer - although it is not a draft beer, technically, as it is made in different local unpasteurized procedure) in the sidewalk kiosks, you should prefer the beaches in Ipanema and Leblon. Copacabana is too much touristic, there will be a lot of people interrupting you and trying to sell you all kind of stuffs, and sadly, there may be some opportunistic steelers. Avoid the restaurants in Copacana also, except for the bars in the Rua Bolívar, which usually have good appetizers and cold beers/chopps. ”
  • 159 locals recommend
Beach
“I love the vibe of Leblon beach. It is not as crowded as Ipanema and Copacabana, and it´s at the foot of Morro dos Dois Irmãos. Try a Mate tea with lemonade for 5 reais, sold by guys walking with 2 big gallons”
  • 143 locals recommend
Beach
“Pedra do Arpoador - The most beautiful sunset in Rio! Clap and celebrate the sunset with the locals!”
  • 165 locals recommend
Beach
“For me Leme is the best place to enjoy the beach in Rio if you don't want to go far. Relax in the sand and try our "mate limão" and "biscoito globo"”
  • 88 locals recommend

Trails

Mountain
“For the adventures : Espetacular track for those who loves trekking with a great view that you dont see at Corcovado”
  • 141 locals recommend
Trail
“Easy 40 minutes hike with amazing view! Also has a paragliding flight area. View Rio de Janeiro from a unique overhead perspective!”
  • 138 locals recommend
Park
“this beautiful sculpture park and nature trail is a short walk to this urban forest from the Ipanema Beach neighborhood. Incredible views at the top of the trail!”
  • 83 locals recommend
Trail
“É uma praia paradisíaca de água tranqüila e límpida cujo acesso e feito por uma trilha meio a natureza exuberante. Fica a poucos minutos caminhando do espaço.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Racecourse
“Go for a long walk here to spot amazing tropical flora, mountain climbers, beautiful rocky landscape. Then grab some churros at Praia Vermelha on your way out.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Trail
“Por ser uma caminhada ecológica com nível médio e com uma vista maravilhosa de Itacoatiara.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Beach
“Um dos mirantes mais bonitos da cidade. A Praia é quase deserta e a temperatura da água é muito agradável ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bike Trail
“Parque Olímpico da Barra: Conhecido como o coração dos Jogos Rio 2016, o Parque Olímpico, na Barra da Tijuca, é o principal polo de competições da cidade. O local vai sediar 16 modalidades olímpicas (Basquete, Ciclismo de Pista, Ginástica Artística, Ginástica de Trampolim, Ginástica Rítmica, Handebol, Judô, Luta Greco-Romana, Luta Livre, Nado Sincronizado, Natação, Polo Aquático, Saltos Ornamentais, Taekwondo, Esgrima e Tênis) e nove paralímpicas (Basquete em Cadeira de Rodas, Bocha, Ciclismo, Futebol de 5, Goalball, Judô, Natação, Rúgby em Cadeira de Rodas e Tênis em Cadeira de Rodas) em uma área de 1,18 milhões de metros quadrados. Após os Jogos, o Parque Olímpico será transformado em um amplo complexo esportivo e educacional destinado a estudantes da rede municipal e atletas de alto rendimento. ----- Known as the heart of the Rio 2016 Games, the Olympic Park, in Barra da Tijuca, it is the main hub of city competitions. The venue will host 16 Olympic sports (Basketball, Track Cycling, Artistic Gymnastics, Trampoline Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Handball, Judo, Greco Roman Wrestling, Wrestling, Synchronized Swimming, Swimming, Water Polo, Diving, Taekwondo, Fencing and tennis) and nine Paralympic (Basketball Wheelchair, Boccia, Cycling, Football 5, Goalball, Judo, Swimming, Rugby and Tennis Wheels Chair Wheelchair) in an area of 1.18 million square meters . After the Games, the Olympic Park will be transformed into a large sports and educational complex for students of municipal and high-performance athletes.”
  • 5 locals recommend
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