Introducing Barra da Tijuca & West of Rio
West of Leblon, you'll find great hiking amid the rainforest of Floresta da Tijuca. Nearby, hang-gliders make their soaring descent. Further out is Barra da Tijuca, a sprawling suburb with a long, pretty beach, but you'll need a car to get around. Other beaches dot the coast, and get wilder and less populated the further west you go.