Rio de Janeiro: The “Marvellous City” welcomes digital nomads
Enjoying the outdoors is the essence of Rio, whether that’s running along Copacabana’s black-and-white promenade, surfing the gentle waves of Ipanema or sitting outside a bar for cold beers and a samba. “The outdoor lifestyle is of great importance to the city,” said Alessandra Alli, a Brazilian tour guide and founder of Hike in Rio.
The beaches, forest hikes and numerous alfresco drinking spots are all on the doorstep of anyone who lives in the South Zone, making it easy to slip into a fun activity once the laptop has been closed for the day.
There are many free and affordable outdoor activities available, including free beach gyms in Ipanema as well as free daily yoga, spinning classes on the beach and HIIT sessions on the Mude app, which anyone can sign up to.
Keen hikers can enjoy miles of trails through the Atlantic Forest, one of the world’s most biodiverse biomes, that surrounds the city and caters to all tastes with attractions including deep caves, refreshing waterfalls and breath-taking viewpoints. “That’s why [Rio’s] trails are unique,” said Alli. “[Rio] has trails for all ages, all levels of difficulty and different distances.”
For those more interested in sinking into cultural activities after a day’s work, there’s no shortage of live music, street markets and weekend gastronomic events. “The culture in Rio has so many layers. There’s so much depth and colour in it,” Hobbs said.
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