While surfing can be a laid-back sport, it can certainly induce a fair amount of adrenalin when braving massive swells. Brazil’s coastline promises a variety of beaches, each of which is suited to a different calibre and expertise of surfer. Fernando de Noronha Island may be a small land mass, but it boasts enormous swells, promising surfers plenty of thrills. The more popular, better known beaches can become very full, making it difficult for surfers to be able to move freely. Therefore, the quieter, rougher beaches are usually reserved for these dedicated sportsmen and women.
This sport is a climbing technique that involves lowering yourself from a cliff or bridge using ropes and safety gear (like abseiling). The beach of Barra de Guaratiba is a popular rappelling site, measuring 50 metres in height. Tours are then perfectly rounded off by a refreshing swim in the ocean.
Brazil is fortunate enough to have been granted an extremely varied terrain. This includes mountains, plains and forests, as well as stretches of coastline as far as the eye can see. This makes for fabulous hiking opportunities for those of all physical capabilities. Along the way, the awesome views and unrivalled natural splendour will be remembered long after the blisters and stiff muscles disappear.
This involves climbing down canyons and through waterfalls using ropes and safety gear. This certainly gets the heart pounding, and guarantees spectacular views and never-to-be-forgotten memories. This is a great way to experience the natural beauty of Brazil without impacting negatively on the environment.
Other popular adrenalin-pumping sports in Brazil include:
• White-water rafting
• Rubber ducking
• Hang gliding
• Mountain biking
• Buggy racing
• SCUBA diving
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