My dear Lola,

“Cidade maravilhosa” (as Rio is also known), a city built more than 450 years ago and which became once the capital of one of the largest countries in the world, it includes in its urban structure large green areas, such as Tijuca National Park, the biggest one with over 32km2. In there, Cariocas cool themselves from the oppressive heat that beats the city all year long by organizing pique-niques, walks or Sunday’s family gatherings.

In all of them there are walking trails for the most adventurous travelers.. and these ones, are the top 4 hikes that can not be missed when visiting the city.


Morro Dois Irmãos (The two brothers mountain)

Duration: 40 minutes

Total length: 1.5km

Height: 533m

Difficulty: Easy

How to get there:

The hike starts at Vidigal’s favela top, where the narrow walking trail that reaches Morro dois Irmaos peak can be found. To get there, the easiest way is by traveling by public transport to Vidigal’s bottom at Avenida Niemeyer. Once there, dozens of “moto taxi” are steadily driving through favela’s winding streets for less than 10R$ (return ticket).

Undoubtedly, one of the most spectacular and easy hikes where you can get spectacultars views of the “Cidade Maravilhosa” from.

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Christ the Redeemer / Corcovado

Duration: 1h 30m – 2h

Total length: 2.25km

Height: 704m

Difficulty: Challenging

How to get there:

The hiking trail to reach Christ Redeemer’s statue starts in “Lage Park, Rua Jardim Botanico, 414”, a beautiful green space included in Tijuca National Park where to start the day getting some energy at the “Escola do Parque Visual Arts Lage” café with a good breakfast in a better environment and wonderful Christ Redeemer’s views from the Roman style palace built by Enrique Lage for his wife, the Italian singer Gabriella Besanzoni.

From there, the steep path, of approximately 2h, starts and runs through Tijuca rain-forest to the entrance of the monument facilities. For those who decide to walk the 2.25km trail, the entrance is reduced to 24R$ (compared to the 68R$ to pay if you decide to travel both ways on the mythical Corcovado red train).

Advice: Keep in mind that if you choose to descend by train instead of walking all the way back, an extra 22R$ will be charged.

Despite being the number one attraction of the city and, therefore, receive more than 5,500 visitors a day (2 million a year), it is a must to visit for any tourist who decides to travel to Rio de Janeiro and wishes to get the best view of the city with a panoramic 360 ° view.

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Pão de Açucar

Duration: 1h 30m – 2h

Total length: 900m

Height: 200m

Difficulty: Easy

How to get there:

Pão de Açucar hiking trail starts at “Pista Cláudio Countinho” in Praça General Tibúrcio. After a 30 minutes hike and over more than 200m altitude, you’ll reach Morro da Urca, the first “Bondinho do Pão de Açucar” (cable car) stop. From there, you must pay full price to ascend by cable car to the second and highest mountain, 395m high, since it is not possible to hike it.

From the top, one of the best city views can be achieved, as well as of its most legendary beaches; Copacabana and Ipanema and the number one attraction of Rio; Christ the redeemer.

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Waterfalls path through Tijuca National park

Duration: Free

Total Length: 4.4km (to the Chinese viewpoint)

Height: 611m from Vista Chinesa

Difficulty: Easy

How to get there:

The route begins at Rua Pacheco Leao, where intercity buses coming from different parts of the city stop. From there, the paved road leading to the entrance of the Tijuca Forest, located in a well-off suburb, must be taken.

The itinerary can be done by car, motorcycle or by walk, and ends up at the Mirador Chino (chinese viewpoint). On the way, small and steep paths, which are not always well marked, end up in different waterfalls where to have a bath in, such as Macacos Waterfall, da Gruta or do horto Cachoeiras (as they are called in Portuguese)

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Love,

Marina

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