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Rio de Janeiro Hang Gliding Tickets 2022 : Prices, Options & More

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Hangliding is a fabulous distraction and should be tried at least once by anyone with a sense of adventure. What better place to do it than over the vast city of Rio de Janeiro, with mountains, ocean, and expansive cityscape to appreciate.

Rio is one of the best places to visit in South America. It offers several opportunities to hang glide, and here are some of the options open to you, even if you’re a total novice.

Highlights:

  • Superb views of the city
  • Thrill of a lifetime for newcomers to hangliding
  • Great photo opportunities


Know before you book:

  • Will require some safety briefing
  • Best to pack for all weather conditions
  • May require additional insurance fees and indemnity waivers

Rio glide

Seeing the famous attributes of Rio de Janeiro from the air is indescribable, although you could try very hard. For starters, there’s Sugarloaf, the Copacabana, Laboa, Ipanema, and Corcovado (and its Christ the Redeemer Statue). There are also the famous favelas that spread themselves out over the cityscape. Hang gliding in Rio de Janeiro is indeed a one-of-a-kind experience.

Hang gliding excursions typically include pickups from your hotel, a short trip through the city to the location, and a briefing on safety and basic tips. Don’t worry. You won’t be asked to fly alone. Most services will provide a tandem flight of about 20 minutes. This is a fair duration as anything more might be too much for a first-timer to handle. It really is exciting, and your adrenaline will be pumping throughout the experience.

Another inclusion is all the gear, which is best prepared by the experts anyway. Your briefing will include a general run-down of what does what and how on a hang glider. But for the most part, you won’t have to buy anything or worry about setting anything up yourself.

In addition, some services provide return drop-offs, but some will encourage you to enjoy the immediate area around the landing zone, which may be a beach or local recreational area.

All in all, this is a good two to three hours to spend in Rio and will offer a memorable experience to relay back home. It’s ultimately the grand mix of city, sea, and mountains that will take your breath away, though, especially from so high up, with the wind blowing in your hair.

A note on restrictions:

Generally speaking, a tandem glide has a weight limitation. Note that some providers may not be able to accommodate individuals over a certain weight. It may be useful to enquire when booking whether there are any such limitations. Some providers may also be able to make provisions for these kinds of requirements.

Services that provide for people with disabilities are also not common.

Rio de Janeiro Hang Gliding Prices 2022

Obviously, the price of a hang gliding session varies from provider to provider, but it’s fair to budget somewhere around $150 – 250 USD ($780 – 1400 R) on average. That ballpark should take care of most novice and intermediate gliders’ first lessons, which usually include equipment and gear for use.

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Times

Various operators run services at various times, but overall, hang gliding happens during the daytime. You can usually book a slot sometime between 8 am and 5 pm most days, even on weekends.

Monday – Sunday: 8 am – 5 pm

Best Time to Go Rio Hang Gliding

The common wisdom among experienced gliders is that morning is a great time to do hang gliding. This is because the air currents are less volatile, usually providing for a smoother gliding experience. The same conditions often exist in the late afternoon, but not always. Most providers work on a booking system, so queues are not really a consideration.

While the seasons are not as impactful on hang gliding conditions, note that the rainy season (December to May) may limit the time available to glide.

The Tandem Rio Hang Glide

The most common service provided is for tandem hang gliding with an instructor. You will still need to go through a short safety course and lesson. Once in the air, the experienced instructors will take charge of the flight while you get to simply enjoy the thrill ride. Many tandem gliders have larger wingspans and specialized landing gear.

Tandem Glide

Top Rio de Janeiro Hang Gliding Options

With the impetus being on enjoyment and safety, most of the optional extras center around whether you get a pickup and drop-off, how long a session might be, and any complementary extras that may be offered.

Hang Gliding in Rio de Janeiro with Hotel pick-up and drop-off

The convenience of a hotel pickup and drop-off is worth considering. Making your way through the traffic of Rio can be intimidating. At least this way the provider is responsible for getting you there and back safely. You’ll also have some extra time to chat with the drivers and instructors.

Once in the air, the flight takes you across some of the best beaches in South America, offering some of the best views that hang gliding in Brazil has to offer. Best of all, the instructors themselves will take pics of your 20-minute flight, which are yours to keep at the end of the session. Landings take place on the awesome São Conrado Beach.

What we liked: An awesome all-inclusive package for the amagteur or novice.

INCLUDES:
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hangliding equipment and instructor
  • Pictures of your flight

EXCLUDES:
  • Snacks and drinks

Though everyone looks forward to the flight itself, the instruction section of the tour is just as interesting. Be sure to pay attention to the instructor’s detailed explanation of how it works, as well as the gear and safety considerations. It really is a lot more fun than it sounds.

For example, some common misconceptions are dispelled during the briefing. It does not take a lot of strength or very much skill to be a participant in hang-gliding. You may also learn a new skill, like running down a hill without looking down a hill.

Any trepidation that first-time flyers have is quickly dispelled, and the feedback is always that the effort was well worth it!

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Rio de Janeiro: Favela Tour and Hang Gliding Experience

This excursion takes place from Rocinha. If you happen to be staying in the Copacabana neighborhood or can make your way there, the providers will arrange a pickup for you from that point. The first stop is a brief introduction to two of the legendary favelas or shanty-town areas of Rio.

Then it’s on to Sao Conrado beach, where your hang gliding instructors will introduce you to your equipment and imminent airborne adventure. The gliding trip will take you back over the favelas and nearby rainforest, this time with an extraordinary aerial view.

While there is no return drop-off, it does provide you with the option to stay on the beach for a while, when ready, a bus or taxi to your next stop is easy to access.

What we liked: Great for if you don’t want it to take the whole day.

INCLUDES:
  • Hotel pickup (from Copacabana hotels)
  • Guided 2-hour favela tour
  • Hang gliding tandem flight

EXCLUDES:
  • Return drop-off
  • Hang gliding club fee/insurance ($60.00 R about $13.00 USD)
  • Food and drinks

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9Expert Score
It’s hard to argue against the thrill of hang gliding over one of the most famous cities in the world. If it’s at all within your means and ability, hang gliding over Rio de Janeiro's beaches, forests, mountains, and favelas is highly recommended.
Location
9
Fun
9
Level of Activity
9
PROS
  • Unique experience
  • Amazing views and photo ops
  • Many options and locations
CONS
  • Not for physically impaired people
  • May not suit faint-of-heart
  • Age restrictions (no children or seniors) may participate

Specification: Rio de Janeiro Hang Gliding Tickets 2022 : Prices, Options & More

Duration

1 – 3 Hours

Inclusion

Gear hire & Instructions

Exclusion

Insurance

Meals

None

Pick-up

Yes

Suited for

Physically suited for adults

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  1. GetYourGuide traveler

    the highlight of my trip to Rio!.. Totally worth it! Klaus the instructor really amazing, I bought the full package including the 360 camera and it was my best decision. It was not cheap but considering that I am now can replay my amazing adventure over and over again and show it to my family and friends I guess worth the price!.. or else bring your own go pro will be a cheaper option as well

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  2. KenShena_P

    Best Experience. Winter company is amazing ! I felt safe and they took they time ! I would tell the whole world come here to take flight ! Thank you ‘

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  3. Raul_L

    Alex and Daniela are the chilliest couple in Rio! It is a great experience. We also noticed a girl that got nervous last minute and Alex reassured her and make her super comfortable to go thought the experience 10/10

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  4. Scott_S

    A unique experience soaring over a beautiful Rio neighborhood. From its start high up in the National Park, to the brief moment of terror leaking off a Cliff with your guide, to the 7 minutes floating to ground, and safe landing on Pepino Beach, we never had a moment of doubt of our safe return.

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