Visitors to Rio are thrilled to find themselves in a cosmopolitan city that offers plenty of fine dining and entertainment, and of course when coupled with the excitement of being there for the Summer Games, this leads to an incredible experience. What many visitors aren’t expecting though, is the incredible natural beauty to be found in the parks and mountains surrounding the city.
Here are some of the most beautiful hikes in and around Rio:
The fairly easy Pedra Bonita Hike takes just 30 minutes to get you to the base of Pedro Bonita Mountain, from where you’ll be treated to incredible views out over the city, its stunning beaches, one of the city’s largest favelas, Rocinha, and the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. Look up to see hang-gliders launching themselves from the mountain’s various look-off points, and other extreme sportspeople doing crazy stuff from the location. To get to this hike, we drive guests through the incredibly beautiful Tijuca Forest, and out past São Conrado Beach, so you’ll experience several beautiful places along the way.
The Tijuca Forest Hike takes you through the world’s largest urban forest, and it is absolutely spectacular. You’ll hike through lush vegetation that looks like it has been there for millennia, though in fact the forest was only planted in the 19th century on land that had previously been stripped bare as sugar plantations. There are more than 30 waterfalls, and lots of impressive granite formations throughout the park. This hike is moderately difficult, and we like to spend half a day hiking and then combine the trip with an afternoon visit to Santa Teresa, a pretty and historic area of Rio with cobbled streets, grand old homes, museums, and the city’s oldest surviving tram line.
For those looking for a more challenging hike, you can make your way up Corcovado to visit the Christ the Redeemer statue. Starting the trail at the beautiful Parque Lage, you follow a marked trail that takes roughly 90 minutes to get to the statue. We can set you up with guides to get you through this challenging terrain and up to the summit, which is just spectacular and gives such wonderful views in exchange for the hard work of making it up the mountain.
There are lots of hiking adventures that you can take in Rio, and whatever you’re interested in doing, and how hard you’d like to push yourself, we can arrange for an experienced local guide to help you to get out and experience the city in this awesome way.
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