Hiking Trails in Rio de Janeiro

Top Hiking Trails in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Hiking Trails in Rio de Janeiro

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  • MarcioHaraguchi
    Sao Paulo, SP1,050 contributions
    You have two options to get to the top of the Urca Hill. The traditional is by the cable car, but you can also take the easy trail thta starts somewhere in the middle of Claudio Coutinho´s walk (it begins at the left side of the beach).
    There you will find some options of food and snacks.
    With some luck, you will see planes landing on the Santos Dummont airport maneuvering just a couple of hundreds meters in from of you. (also is a nice experience to get on one of these flights)
    Written January 29, 2021
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  • Sam M
    1 contribution
    Beautiful view! Fun favela mototaxi

    I went with my girlfriend in Jan 2022. We ubered to the base of Vidigal and then got a mototaxi for R5 each to the base of the trail. They knew what we were coming for and there were about 20 guys there. They look like they primarily take people who live in the favela up to their houses. At the base of the trail there was a guy who made us pay an additional R5 each to get on the trail. It felt off the books and we protested, but we don’t speak portugese and then didn’t really mind paying one more dollar.

    The hike was beautiful. We had views of Rochina off the back of the trail and then incredible views of the whole city, Christ the Redeemer, Lagoa, Leblon and Ipanema once at the top.

    On the way down we started walking down because the taxis don’t wait at the base, but waved down two mototaxis quickly and they returned us to the base.

    Highly recommend.
    Written January 27, 2022
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  • PrestonGuild
    United Kingdom54,331 contributions
    We took a short walk as we visited the Sugar Loaf. The trail takes you to a scenic green part up to the first part of the sugar loaf mountain. You get to see some wildlife.

    However the trail soon gets strenuous and you need to be fit and have suitable clothing.

    If you skip this part, you can walk along a trail inside the sugar loaf as well.
    Written May 19, 2020
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  • MarcioHaraguchi
    Sao Paulo, SP1,050 contributions
    Please notice that there is a very easy and free trail to the Urca hill (the first cable car station) .
    NOTE : the Urca Hill trail is different from the exposed (although easy) and technical climbing route that goes right to the top of Sugar Loaf. If you are not a climber, I srtrongly reccomend hiring a guide ( the Costão route)
    Written January 23, 2021
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  • MJ&BJ
    Toronto, Canada10 contributions
    Hike takes between 30 to 40 minutes. You will be surrounded by the tropical (Atlantic) forest and you are likely to perspire a lot. If you are lucky you may see marmosets (small monkeys).
    Written December 9, 2019
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  • Anja W
    Jericoacoara, CE6 contributions
    Very nice trail (medium difficulty)... bring water and hiking shoes, it is quite steep and you will sweat a lot but it’s worth it! First we were in a cloud and couldn’t see anything, after about 1,5 hours the cloud disappeared and we got a stunning view!
    Written December 30, 2018
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  • James M
    Rio de Janeiro, RJ48 contributions
    An interesting ride through Vidigal favela to get to the start. Is safe so don’t worry. I was concerned going by myself but everyone very helpful. Easy climb to the summit, breathtaking views from the top. Highly recommend, a must do in Rio
    Written March 11, 2020
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  • meroth07
    Cambridge, Massachusetts1 contribution
    This park is not only changing the neighborhood for the better, but it's also the best view of Rio. Go!
    Written November 12, 2015
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  • Melanie G
    4 contributions
    Alessandra met my friend and I on time with a very warm greeting. She was positive and had excellent knowledge of Rio and the hiking sites. Alessandra allowed for plenty of rests when needed and even brought bananas to share at resting point. Alessandra then took us to a hostel in the favela where we experienced some of the best views of Rio. I would highly recommend Alessandra and will be using her again when I return. Alessandra makes you feel like one of the family.
    Written January 4, 2020
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