Claudio Coutinho Trail

The Claudio Coutinho Trail is an easy, 2km, paved path along the shoreline just behind the Sugarloaf in the Urca neighborhood. It can be combined with a hike to the Morro da Urca (the hill next to the Sugarloaf) or for the more adventurous this is also the start of trail that goes all the way up to the Sugarloaf (climbing experience and equipment is necessary to make it there).

Claudio Coutinho Trail Details

When to go

The trail is open from 6:00 to 18:00 every day (19:00 during the winter). Our favorite time to go is before sunset when the light reflects off the cliffs.

We recommend doing the trail around 15:30 or 16:00 and then head over to the Mureta da Urca on the other side of the neighborhood (15 minute walk) to watch a beautiful sunset. See below for "Jonts nearby".

Getting there

To get to the head of the trail take any of the following public transportation options:

Metro + Bus
Metro (lines 1 or 2) to Botafogo Station. Follow signs to Exit F. Cross the street and take bus SP513.

from Leblon, Ipanema, Copacabana take Bus Circular 01 (Circular 01)

from Flamengo, Lapa, Centro take Bus 107 (Urca)

Ask to be dropped off at the "Bondinho Pão de Açucar"

Jonts Nearby

Morro da Urca Trail
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. Details.

Sunset at the Mureta da Urca
The Urca shoreline offers one of the best sunset spots in Rio. Learn about this an other sunset spots in Rio here.

Other Hikes

Dois Irmãos Hike
Hike to the top of one of the most iconic landmarks of Rio for the best views of the Marvelous City. Details.

Christ the Redeemer Hike
There is no better way to get to the Christ than with a fun, but challenging hike through stunning atlantic forest right in the middle of the City. Details.

Pedra da Gavea Hike
Hike the equivalent of three Eiffel Towers for glorious views of Rio. This is one of the most distinctive landmarks of Rio, but also one of the most difficult hikes. Details.