Aside from falling in love with a Cariocan girl during Carnival, the best way to see Rio is to breathe deeply and take seven steps across a platform on the cliffs of São Conrado. By the eighth step you'll be soaring above one of the world's most magnificent cities, strapped into a hang glider that's piloted by a local expert. If the wind is right, it's even possible to circle the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Mountain, then descend gently over the platinum beaches to your LZ on São Conrado beach, where the frugally clad women rival the scenic splendor from above. [From $169, for lessons and flight; riohanggliding.com]
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