Sandwiched in between the Lagoa and the Tijuca Forest, you find Brazil’s largest horse racetrack called ‘Joquei Clube’. Rio’s Jockey Club is one of the unsung heroes of the city’s attractions. Depending on the week, races can be found from Wednesday to Sunday, but even with the attraction of free entry, an inexpensive bar and the only place in town to legally have a flutter, you will rarely find the place even a quarter full. Grab a table at the top of the grandstand and order a bucket of beer, a steak sandwich and have a flutter. A fine way to spend a grey afternoon.
Praça Santos Dumont 33, Gávea, Rio de Janeiro
(21) 3534 9000
Wednesday to Sunday – 2 pm to 7 pm