Pista Cláudio Coutinho Walking Trail

A Lesser Known Path - Pista Cláudio Coutinho Walking Trail

Pista Cláudio Coutinho Walking Trail
Pista Cláudio Coutinho Walking Trail cc licensed photo by Juliana Lopes

Most everyone that visits Rio de Janeiro wants to see Sugarloaf 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 Sugarloaf, 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 Sugarloaf.

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 reasonably fit and more adventurous can hike to the top of Morro Da Urca using a trail which branches off about 300 meters down the Pista Cláudio Coutinho Walking Trail. If you do decide to hike the trail to the top of Morro Da Urca you will be treated to a superb view that includes Downtown Rio, Flamengo Beach, Guanabara Bay and Botafogo Beach. This is the location of the platform where the lower and upper cable cars to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain meet. If you take the second cable car from here to the top of Sugarloaf it is a less expensive than taking both cable cars from the bottom, making this a great opportunity to visit the top of Sugarloaf. This hiking trail opens a couple of hours earlier than Sugar Loaf so take your time and take in the beautiful surroundings and views of the Atlantic Ocean. For those very physically fit there is an option to hire an experienced guide and, using climbing equipment, continue climbing to the top of Pao de Acucar.

The Pista Cláudio Coutinho Walking Trail is open during daylight hours and can be found about 200 metres from the ticket office for the Sugar Loaf gondola. The area is surrounded by military buildings helping make the trail one of the safest in Rio de Janeiro. Right next door, Vemelha Beach with its own views, is a great spot to sit back and enjoy a few drinks once you are done exploring the trail.

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: Pista Cláudio Coutinho Walking Trail

Fee: No

Open Now

Regular Hours:
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website.

  • Monday: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thursday: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Friday: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Saturday: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sunday: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm

Category: Hiking Local Flavor

Address: Avenida Pasteur, 520
Rio de Janeiro - RJ 22290-240

Phone: +55 21 2542-1641


Yelp Rating:
4.5 out of 5 4.5 Star Rating
Based on 14 Reviews.

See all reviews on Yelp

5 Star Rating Ambiance: 10 out of 10; Staff: 4 out of 5; Price: $ out of $$$$. Gorgeous place, the views were amazing and the people were just as exceptional. We were... Read More

Elle E. Feb-10-2021

4 Star Rating The views of this place spectacular. Two cable cars but be prepared to stand inside as well as being crowded. The views were breathtaking. So many spots to... Read More

Dee B. Apr-23-2019

5 Star Rating Handsdown the best views of the city will be from here; YOU NEED TO COME HERE - and a little early. I came here early afternoon on a cloudy day and was so... Read More

Ash C. Aug-09-2019

Accommodations near Pista Cláudio Coutinho Walking Trail:


Metro and Bus Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Line 1 - Orange or Line 2 GreenBotafogo4 Minutes

How to get to Pista Cláudio Coutinho Walking Trail by Metro and Bus

Ride the Metro to Botafogo Station. Take the Rua Voluntarios da Patria exit and catch City Bus #513 at the stop northbound on Rua Nelson Mandela just south of the corner of Rua Voluntarios da Patria (right across the street from the Metro exit). This bus will require a separate cash fare. Ride the bus to the 3rd and last stop on Av. Pasteur. Exit the bus and continue east on Av. Pasteur and keep left through the parking lot on the north side of Prace Beneral Tiburcio. Continue walking through the parking lot straight towards Sugarloaf Mountain until you see the sign for the trailhead.

Map & Instant Route Finder

Click&Go Map and Route Finder with public transit, walking, driving or cycling directions. Get up-to-the-minute transit times for your route.

Load Interactive Map
Finding Your Route - Please Wait

Photo Gallery


This video shows some of the nice views you'll enjoy on the Pista Cláudio Coutinho Trail

Visiting Rio de Janeiro?
Here's why we use Booking.com for our hotel bookings.
Best Selection
Daily Deals
Price Matching
Pay at the Hotel
24/7 Support
Share on Pinterest
Share on Pinterest
Help us grow! Please Share
Thanks for Visiting!