Once you get to Rio get ready to taste the best of both worlds. Experience the authenticity of downtown Rio. But if you’re more into upscale living, Sao Conrado is the best place to visit.
The whole neighborhood is filled with classy restaurants, chic modern buildings, and the nightlife that reminds you of the parties during the Carnival week. This cosmopolitan neighborhood is home to the mayor as well as some of Rio’s most prominent personalities.
A new school called the Academicos da Rocinha Samba School is already gaining popularity in the area.
The Pepino Beach – a Surfer’s Haven
The Pepino beach which is also known as the Sao Conrado beach is the best hang out place for beach lovers.
Pepino beach isn’t exactly for swimming but instead is quite popular among experienced surfers due to the giant sew swells that makes it one of the best surf spots in Brazil.
Aside from surfers the place is packed with beach bummers who laze around the beach usually hanging out at the local bars and restaurants scattered on the beach.
Extreme Sports in Sao Conrado
If you happen to ask any local or tourist in Rio about extreme sports, paragliding and hang gliding will definitely top their list. The picturesque sceneries in Sao Conrado make it one of the best spots to go hang gliding.
But comparing the two, paragliding takes the top spot. For first timers, paragliding experts will usually assist you on your first glide through Rio.
The Tijuca Reservation and the forests of the Atlantic marks your starting point in this one of a kind experience.
As you start, you will get a breathtaking panoramic view of Rio, the view of the Sugarloaf mountains, the National Park, and the Favela of Rocinha which is Rio’s largest slum area. Gliders end their aerial tour of Rio as they land on the beach.
Aside from hang gliding and paragliding, outdoor lovers can also go trekking at the Pedra da Gavea which is an enormous granite mountain, 842 meters above sea level.
The trek to Pedra da Gavea proves to be a tough hike which is why it is recommended that only those who have experienced trekking since the climb to the summit is a bit exhausting. Another great way to view Rio from the top is through Pedra Bonita.
This mountain is the usual starting point for hang gliders. Tourists will be able to see the giant’s face which was carved only by wind speed.
Sao Conrado – A shopper’s paradise
When you speak of high end malls in Sao Conrado, the Sao Conrado Fashion mall is the pit stop for all things glamorous.
Filled with 130 stores, this is the place to go to if you’re looking for brands such as Armani, Versace, and Gauthier. This mall is for those who have money to buy from the high end market.
The food court in this mall is also considered of top quality and is one of the best in the area. You may even spot your favorite Brazilian actors hanging out at the mall.