Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea
Rio de Janeiro, it is wonderful to live in a city that brings the great outdoors to your neighborhood with a plus. You don't have to pack a suitcase to go hiking or climbing, just call some friends or join one of the organized hikes on offer every day. These hikes easy to somewhat hard call for some fitness but nothing exaggerated. Prepared as a half day activity, joining one of these hikes will open a new perception of this city called by UNESCO - Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea
1. Tijuca National Forest hike
2. Morro da Urca and Sugar Loaf, hike and cable car ride
3. Corcovado hike starting at Parque Laje in Jardim Botanico neighborhood
Tijuca Natonal Forest divides the city in two and is easily reached any in town. A pleasant drive takes you to the heart of the forest and to several trails leading to special spots and lovely sights, including the Tijuca Peak, the highest mountain in town - 1,201 m high.
Morro da Urca, we reach the top of this small mountain by the Sugar Loaf going up a pleasant trail leading off Vermelha Beach and passing by bands of marmosets, birds and lovely vegetation. Reaching the top a beautiful it opens to the bay, downtown airport and mountain scenery. Boarding the cable car, cross to Sugar Loaf the view goes as far as the eye can see in all directions.
Corcovado, you go up on a trail inside Parque Lage and 0 m to the 700 m high statue of Christ and the summit of Corcovado mountain, both icons of Rio and a marvelous view no matter you look.
These 3 hikes are to many Rio residents their weekend activity.