A brilliant adventure with an excellent view when you reach the top!
Pain to get to by car or taxi. I instructed my taxi driver to go to the paragliding school.. They put on the night fare '2', as it is a very steep journey and ruins there car (I smelt the engine overheating). This is standard for the 2 fare.
There is another hill to get up to paragliding school, my driver couldn't make it up this hill (it is very steep) so i got out and walked up. The trial is by a hut on the right just by the car park, you can't miss it.
Bring lots of water as it is a fair climb. It feels like your almost at the top everytime you turn but you never are! Eventually you reach the top with it's amazing views and you can finally soak in the atmosphere.
Very safe, two military police up the top who take your photo if you ask.
When I got down I faced a problem as there was no taxi waiting for me (I didn't expect there to be). I hung around at the bottom hoping another tourist would get dropped off but one didn't come. Eventually I started to walk down the road and stuck my hand out for a bus (Didn't know where it was going!) which took me to the bottom of the long road and one of the main roads in and out of rio with lots of buses! I later found out the bus went into the Rochina Favela so probably don't stay on it!
Took me around 35 mins to get to from barra and 30 minutes to get back from. I left the hotel at 9 and was back for 12.30!
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