A Lesser Known Path - Pista Cláudio Coutinho Walking Trail
Most everyone that visits Rio de Janiero wants to see Sugar Loaf Mountain without even thinking about the surrounding areas that are less popular, yet well worth taking into account. A perfect example is the beautiful Pista Claudio Coutinho Walking Trail which, being less notorious than Sugar Loaf, is less frequently travelled giving one a peaceful pleasant walk (but don't tell anyone).
The Pista Cláudio Coutinho Walking Trail is about a 2 kilometre trail which runs beside the sea. You will find the start of the trail in Praia Vermelha in Urca. It is a great trail to follow if what you are looking for is a gentle walk with beautiful views of Vermelha Beach and the Sugar Loaf.
As you stroll along the trail you will encounter some of the local fauna. There is a wide range of butterflies and birds that inhabit the area as well as marmosets that come out to play along the pathway and in the nearby trees.
Those who are a little fitter and more adventurous can hike to the top of Morro Da Urca using a trail which starts about 300 meters down the Pista Cláudio Coutinho Walking Trail. From the top of the hill you can see Guanabara Bay, Botafogo Beach, Flamengo Beach and Downtown. There is also a cable car service which goes up to Pão de Açúcar and using this cable car can save you some money. If you are feeling really ambitious, you can enlist the services of an expert climber and climb all the way to to the top of Pão de Açúcar.
The trail is open most of the daylight hours and can be found more or less 200 metres from the ticket office for the Sugar Loaf. The area is surrounded by military buildings helping make the trail one of the safest in Rio de Janiero. Right next door, Vemelha Beach is a great spot with its own views to sit back and enjoy a few drinks once you are done exploring the trail.
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