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Hang-gliding in Rio is bliss

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18 January 2010

Those taking a holiday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, should experience the wonders of hang-gliding, it has been claimed.

In an article for The Times, Stanley Stewart noted that the location "is made for altitude junkies", with high mountains and sheer-sided backdrops.

Commenting on his own experiences of the activity, he stated that, despite some early reservations, it is definitely worth trying.

The journalist met with a hang-gliding pilot called Paulo Falcão on the day of the flight and launched from Pedra Bonita.

"We were flying in slow circles above the most beautiful city in the world," he remarked. "This was a kind of bliss."

According to Mr Stewart, the 20-minute air journey was so enjoyable he wanted to go straight back up for another try.

Travel editor at Lonely Planet, Tom Hall, recently remarked that while Rio is often famed for its carnival atmosphere throughout February, there is much more to the city than just festivals at this time of year.

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