That massive, lush forest with stunning rock formations that serve as a backdrop to Rio is the Tijuca National Park – the largest urban forests in the world. It is filled with hiking trails and stunning views.
Best Hikes in Rio Details
These are our favorite (and easiest to access) hikes in Rio. Hikes are sorted from easiest to hardest. Find one that suits your ability and fitness level.
Click on the “Full Details” of each hike for maps, tips, and a step-by-step video guide.
We add new hikes every month, so come back when you’re ready for more.
Claudio Coutinho Trail
Time: 30 min | Difficulty: Beginner | Elevation: Flat
This is an easy hike (actually a stroll) through dense atlantic forest with incredible views of the ocean and the Guanabara Bay. Full Details.
Morro da Urca Trail
Time: 30 min | Difficulty: Beginner | Elevation: 200
The Sugarloaf gets all the love, but the views from Urca Hill are just as spectacular and you can get there with a hike through incredible atlantic forest. Full Details.
Dois Irmãos Hike
Time: 1.5-3 hours | Difficulty: Moderate | Distance/Elevation: 2.8km/500m
Hike to the top of one of the most iconic landmarks of Rio for the best views of the Marvelous City. Full Details.
Christ the Redeemer Hike
Time: 4-6 Hours | Difficulty: Moderate-high | Distance/Elevation: 4.2km/700m
CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Full Details.
Pedra da Gavea Hike
Time: 4-6 Hours | Difficulty: Advanced | Distance/Elevation: 5.2km/850 Meters
With an elevation equivalent to three Eiffel Towers, Pedra da Gávea is the Tijuca Forest’s highest point, and it’s also the most difficult hike in Rio. It’s very steep and you’ll have to do some actual climbing for about 30 meters (100 feet). Full Details.