São Conrado beach is nestled in between the neighborhoods of Barra da Tijuca to the southwest and Leblon to the northeast. One of the reasons this beach is so popular is the incredible surf, the currents are very strong providing large waves for surfers to enjoy. Hang gliding is also popular in this area thanks to the impressive Gavea Rock, the largest seaside granite rock on Earth that protrudes from the soft sand beach. To try your hand at paragliding the best spot on the beach is Pepino. Hiking to the top of Gavea Rock is quite popular but can take up to 8 hours to go up and back