Hang gliding, in which the participant pilots a light and non motorized aircraft, has been around for almost a century. And for nearly fifty years, it’s been an adventure traveler’s tradition when visiting Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. More than 10,000 tandem flights take off each year, and it’s easy to see why: it’s a glider’s dream to to get airborne with the tropical sea breeze in your face and the mountain air in your lungs. For those short on time, it’s a handy way to get all your sightseeing done in one go—one flight can knock out Corcovado, Sugar Loaf, Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches, as well as the iconic Cristo Redentor.
HOW TO GET HIGH: Contact Rio Hang Gliding, $169 with 10% off for prepayment. Photos and videos from $37-79.