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Bridge from San Francisco asked

What are the best hikes near the city?

We're a group of friends in our late 20s/early 30s visiting for the World Cup. We're all pretty fit and active, but not your hard-core hiker types. We can handle several hours (or even all day). 

Any details about how to get there/describe for others would be great!

Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

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Cindy from Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro

I recommend Pedra da Gávea (access from Barra da Tijuca), but you should hire a guide to take you. It is an all day hike. For shorter hikes I suggest Morro da Urca (access from Praia Vermelha, you follow the Pista Cláudio Coutinho until you see the sign for the trail entrance), it takes about 40 minutes and takes you to the first cable car station. Another good short hike is Pedra Bonita (access from Estrada das Canoas), where you can also make a stop at the hang gliding ramp. All three of these hikes have great views at the top.

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There is a nice walking trail around the Pão de Açúcar where you have a nice natural path and some nice bird life.

This is a very easy trail to walk.

You also have some more serious hikes around the mountains surrounding Rio, but you should go with a compamny if you attempt those.

There is a company called Rio Turismo Radical that does these tours for instance.

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answered by
MaryRe from Rio de Janeiro

Hi Bridge!

there are several hikes in the city you could check!

you can go all the way from the bottom of corcovado mountain to the Christ Redemeer statue, the hike starts Parque Lage it takes about 2 hours

Pedra da Gávea is one of the harderst hike in the city and you may need some rock clibing skills.

an easy one is to go to Morro da Urca by the hike path, than get the rail to Sugar loaf mountain, takes about 1/2 hour

Parque Nacional da Tijuca there are several hikes where you can see the city from it's top. I prefer the Pico Da Tijuca and Pico do Papagaio, both inside the park

there are also some hikes that leads you to some waterfalls at Horto, like Cachoeira dos Primatas and Morro dos Macacos

Have fun 

if you need i have a friend who works with this kind of tourism in Rio

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  2. Pedra da Gávea (attraction)
  3. Morro da Urca (attraction)
  4. Parque Nacional da Tijuca (attraction)
  5. Pico Da Tijuca (attraction)
  6. Horto (attraction)
  7. Cachoeira dos Primatas (attraction)
  8. Morro dos Macacos (attraction)
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Tania from New York City

I'd suggest taking a bus, then a ferry to Ilha Grande. There you will find amazing nature and great places to hike. 

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