Kayaking in Rio de Janeiro

Kayaking in Rio de Janeiro

What could be better than experiencing the spectacular view of Christ de Reedemer and the Sugarloaf Mountain from the ocean while having fun in a kayak? Kayaking is a great way to be on the water and enjoy yet another spectacular view of Rio de Janeiro.


Kayaking in Rio de Janeiro A kayak is normally defined as a boat where the paddler faces forward, legs in front, using a double-bladed paddle. Most kayaks have closed decks, although, “sit-on-top” and “inflatable” kayaks are becoming more and more popular.

Kayaking in Rio de Janeiro

The Kayak rental in Rio de Janeiro is located at the beautiful small beach Praia Vermelha next to Morro da Urca and the Sugarloaf Mountain.

At Praia Vermelha – “red beach” in English, you will find a sea kayaking experience like no other: A quiet atmosphere with stunning views over the beautiful sand beach of Praia Vermelha, the famous cable-cars going up to the Sugarloaf mountain and Christ the Reedemer statue in the back. And best of all, no experience is necessary; everyone can go kayaking, regardless of age. If you prefer a guide, book a Kayak Tour!

According to wind and sea conditions, check with the guys renting the kayaks what’s the best route for the day to do.

 How to get to Praia Vermelha

The kayak rental is on the beach of Praia Vermelha, next to the ticket office of the Sugarloaf.

Address: Av. Pasteur, 520 – Urca, Sugarloaf

Bus: Take the bus number 511 from Leblon, Ipanema or Copacabana.

There is parking available, so you can also drive yourself. But it can be difficult to get a parking lot during the week. See the map below for further directions.

When: Everyday

Price: 10 RS pr.person

Duration: 30 minutes

Capacity: 1-2 people per kayak.

What to bring: Sunblock, towel and extra clothes, wear bathing suit while kayaking, bring water and snacks. Waterproof cameras or waterproof camera bags are helpful.

A full day of activities

Make the most out of your kayaking day and combine it with a nice bike-ride from Leblon/Ipanema to get to Praia Vermelha – it only takes 30-40 minutes.

UrcaAfter kayaking it’s nice to have lunch at the restaurant Terra Brasilis which is located next to the beach.  And make sure to check out the impressive neighborhood of Urca,  where you can visit São João Fort. The tour inside the fort is free, just remember to call and book in advance. To read more about the fort, click here!  A great choice for some beverages and snacks is Bar Urca, the bar is located next to the entrance of the fort and offers an amazing view over the harbour. Or if you are up for a small hike before bicycling back to Leblon/ Ipanema check out the hike up to Morro da Urca.

A bike ride combined with some kayaking is a great way to get out of the main rustle in the city and to explore the neighborhood of Urca. If you don’t want to go by bike, grab a cab instead and you can still walk through the stunning neighborhood of Urca.



You’ll probably be hungry after some hours of paddling in the sea. A good choice for food is a restaurant named Terra Brasilis . It’s a kilo restaurant with good food and a stunning view of the ocean and the Sugarloaf Mountain.

For more information about watersports, check out our Watersport Category!