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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.