Brazil: Tijuca National Park – Hangliding

If you need a serious doze of adrenaline in Rio – go hang-gliding from the coastal mountains in the Tijuca National Park. In a tandem glide, you take a run with your instructor and the wings and jump off a wooden platform over 1000 feet above the ground. If you didn’t get a heart attack during the jump-off, you glide for 10-20 minutes over the beach and ocean below eventually landing on the wide sandy beach.