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    Sesh Seshadri, GM of travel publication Lonely Planet, shares his top three activities

    Crux Ecoaventura: This reputable outfit offers a range of climbing excursions and other outdoor adventures. The most popular is the rock climb up Pão de Açúcar. Other possibilities include rappelling down waterfalls, full-day hikes through Floresta da Tijuca, and cycling and kayaking trips. Rs 4,500 onwards. Details: cruxecoaventura.com.br/en

    Rio by Bike: Two Dutch journalists operate this biking outfit, and their pedalling tours combine a mix of scenery and cultural insight. It’s a great way to get an overview of the city, with guides pointing out landmarks and describing key events that have shaped Rio. Tours last three to four hours. Rs 2,200 approx onwards. Details: riobybike.com

    Surfing: Rio has some great breaks just outside the city. Besides Praia do Arpoador (between Copacabana and Ipanema), surfers will love Barra, Joatinga, Prainha and Grumari. Across the bay, Itacoatiara also has great waves. For transportation to the western beaches, grab your board and hop on the Surf Bus, a bright yellow-orange bus that makes four return trips daily from Largo do Machado metro station (near Flamengo) to Prainha. Details: surf-rio.com

    Souvenir fix

    Keep it small
    Terravixta, a local brand, creates Christ the Redeemer miniatures from sustainably procured wood, and you can have fun setting them up. Choose from options like the Arcos da Lapa, Sugarloaf Mountain or the Maracanã Stadium. Rs 5,000 approx onwards.
    Details: terravixta.com

    Ultimate coverup
    You can’t be in Rio and not come across this famous beach accessory, the
    canga. The Brazilian sarong, it comes in a variety of colours and
    sizes. Rs 300 onwards. Flip thisOlympic souvenirs are a no-brainer. From the mascots—Vinicius, a mixture of all the Brazilian animals—to commemorative coins and stamps, there is plenty to choose from. We especially love the limited-edition Rio 2016 Havaianas for `2,000approx. Details: havaianas-store.com

    —P Peter & Surya Praphulla Kumar

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