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    Take a break from the games with our pick of extreme adventure sports

    There’s more to this Brazilian city than carnivals.
    Try skydiving from a height of 12,000 ft at Barra da Tijuca (xtremespots.com), or read on for options:

    Kiteboarding, Araruama
    Attach a kite to your surfboard and shred the surf at 60 kmph, by the Brazilian coast. At Fernando Prado’s Kite Boarding School (certified by the International Kiteboarding Organisation), they offer hour-long sessions, from safety instructions to launching (to a height of 10 meters) and landing a kiteboard all by yourself. Basics from `11,000. Details: araruamakitesurf.com.br

    Rappelling, Cachoeira da Feiticeira,
    Ilha Grande
    If working your way down a slippery waterfall sounds like fun, Ilha Grande, just two hours off Rio’s coast, is the place to be. Set at a height of 50 feet, the hour-long hike trail to the top of Feiticeira is of medium difficulty. The 40-minute steep descent leads to a natural pool at the bottom. `3,000 onwards. Details: overde.com

    Slopestyle Mountain biking,
    Corcovado National Park
    Put your balance to the test at the seemingly treacherous slopes and curves in Rio’s highlands, with a two-day guided mountain bike tour by TCP Xpower. Riding downhill from the Corcovado peak (2,300 feet high) and Sugarloaf (396 feet), the team offers two different trails leading to the pristine beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema.`90,000 onwards inclusive of stay. Details: tcp-xpower.com

    — Arya P Dinesh

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