Claudio Coutinho Trail
Claudio Coutinho Trail
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Neighborhood: Urca
Urca is one of the oldest areas in Rio. Known for its incredible views of the city, the neighbourhood runs along Guanabara bay, providing visitors with an opportunity to watch the sunset from one of Rio’s greatest natural treasures: Sugarloaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar). It is said that the locals in Urca are “bon vivant,” which is one of the reasons the area attracts people of all styles and ages. Urca is the perfect place to take a stroll and appreciate the area’s beautiful architecture, enjoy a cocktail and some delicious seafood pastries at a bar, or bring a bottle of wine and enjoy it while sitting anywhere along the stone seawall known as the “mureta.”
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RayParks
Adelaide, Australia2,862 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Solo
In the early afternoon of my second day in Rio, I caught a taxi to Praça General Tiburcio, the square near the bottom station of the Sugarloaf Cable Car. I asked the man in the information hut for a direction to Claudio Coutinho Trail. He said: “Go through the square and walk on the beach till the end. Then, you will see the trail.”
As I didn’t want to walk on the sand, I walked on the pavement along the beach till the end. But I couldn’t see any trail except rocks and bushes at the end of the beach. So I asked a young Brazilian couple where the trail was. They told me to go through the gate around the corner.
Initially the surface of the trail was rather rough with the unevenly laid cobblestones, but it became smooth all the way. I saw some people walking ahead of me and others coming back. Then, suddenly I heard a voice from down below: “Excuse me, how can I go up there?” There was a guy standing in the thick bush between the trail and the rocky coast. He followed the same direction given at the information hut: He walked on the beach till the end and ended up there in the bush. So I helped him climb the steep edge of the trail. We walked together for a while until he went up the steep dirt trail to climb the Sugarloaf Mountain.
I saw a stunning blue butterfly, small white butterflies on pretty pink flowers and a couple of marmosets playing together. I heard small brown birds (tanagers?) singing in the trees above. There were signs here and there to indicate the distance to the end and to the beginning of the trail. I took several photos and videos along the way. It was a very pleasant 2.5km-walk.
Written July 4, 2015
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Hellmuth B
Basel, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
From the same bus stop as for the cable car to the sugar loaf walk to the praia vermelha and keep left. There you will find the entrance to the trail.

It is a leasurly 30 min walk going and coming back. But you will need much more time to observe the wildlife like colorful birds and butterflies as well as monkeys and to take in the stunning views to the praia vermelha and the hills over Lême as well as rhe islands.

Tip: on the way back keep 2x right and walk all the way to the end of Urca to the Bar da Urca. Try their petiscos -- one of the best in Rio.
Written April 5, 2015
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Flavio Vieira
Toronto, Canada23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The trail is very light and you have the chance of going up the Sugar Loaf for free(perfect if you are on a budget). The view from the top is amazing and you can come down using the cable car paying just one way, this way you do something different, save money and don't miss the chance if riding the famous"bondinho"!
Written January 23, 2014
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LaPortuguesa
Hong Kong, China117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Friends
The Claudio Coutinho trail is a must-do for active travelers in Rio. It was one of the highlights of my trip. I love hiking - this was a perfect blend of steep uphill paths with some scrambling. We were alone on the trail, which was perfect. The views are breathtaking. Don't forget to bring a banana to feed the monkeys... they are adorable!! I agree with other travelers who have recommended walking around the Urca neighborhood when you get back down - it has some really cool houses and a few nice bars along the water.
Written April 30, 2012
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GUSDALI
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,027 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011
Dramatically situated between the Sugar Loaf rock and the sea, this is an amazing pass, used as a leisure path and recreation area by locals. By the way, one can also see beautiful tropical birds and monkeys, as lots of access' points to trails to Sugar Loaf and Morro da Urca´s edge (don´t do them without a guide assistance!). After the jogging or the hiking, chill out a bit at the closer beach Praia Vermelha still enjoying the view and tasting a refreshing natural "coconut water".
Written September 28, 2011
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Mario
Milan, Italy64 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Business
the walk along the trail gives you amazing views of the sea and the nature; unfortunately the trail ends after only 1,25 km; to complete the loop around the Sugar Loaf you should follow a more hazardous and hard trail, and you would need proper tools and shoes.
Written March 25, 2019
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Seidl_c
Sao Paulo, SP55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016
Rio de Janeiro is a place full of beautiful places and views and some aren't known to the major public, this is one of them, when you arrive at urca to take a trip to the sugar loaf you wouldn't imagine that on the left side of the beach is this nice track literally between the mountain and the sea. Is usually a secure place to go, as this is a military zone.

Go there and enjoy, if you decide to visit at night I would suggest you to go to the Circulo Militar club on the right side of the beach and enjoy a good beer and great pizza under the moonlight with the sugar loaf towering above.
Written September 28, 2017
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Plexiaw
Minnesota193 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Solo
Excellent short trail around the base. When you get to urca plaza, go to the beach and go to the opposite corner of the beach (opposite the cable car station). Trail starts there and is well signed

It is flat except for the very beginning. It is all paved.

A few hundred yards in is the trail to the top of the mountain (the mid stop for the cable car). That is a great hike and is all steps but graded with lumber and rock steps. Note. If you walk up- they do not sell cable car tickets up there so buy before you go up if that is your plan.

Back to the original trail ... It dead ends (unless you go past the danger sign onto a path that is not safe for average person) and you return the same way u came

Recommended and a nice walk or jog

Written January 14, 2016
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Roberto L
32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Family
A beautiful trail on a paved stroll between sea and Sugar Loaf mountain and absolutely free!! Exhilarating place for taking photos from the coastline! Easy acess, very close to small Red Beach (Urca) and Sugar Loaf itself. For adventurers, another rough trail uphill can lead you to the top of Sugar Loaf (1st. hill)
Written April 1, 2015
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Gypsgris
Poughkeepsie, NY471 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Friends
If you go to Praia Vermelha and feel like a walk, take this trail on the Sugarloaf side of the beach. It is paved and on weekends packed. There are beautiful views along the way and a number of birds and tame marmosets. If you are adventurous you can climb Moro da Urca from there on a steep mud path (don't try it during rain!). Beware: once on top you can't buy a ticket down. This path is rather safe but don't display your $10K photo equipment.
Written May 11, 2014
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