There are many areas of Rio de Janeiro that are ideal for exploring on foot or by bicycle, which is easy to do thanks to the citywide Bike Rio rental stations. You can also find trails and places to hike that are accessible by public transit. By exploring the city on foot you can really absorb the details and things you might otherwise miss and you can move along at whatever pace you are comfortable with.
Below you will find a quick introduction to our self-guided Rio de Janeiro walking tours and hikes as well as some fully guided tours that you can reserve ahead on our site. Just click on any of the links for more information on each one.
6 Self-Guided Rio de Janeiro Hikes and Walking Tours
Central Rio de Janeiro Walking Tour: There is so much to see in the older centre of the city with many historic buildings and landmarks, museums, parks and more all concentrated in a relatively small area. You are sure to love exploring this Centro in Rio de Janeiro and taking in its historic charm at your own leisurely pace with our self-guided 4 kilometre walking tour.
Forte Duque de Caxias - Hike and Lookout: This relatively short hike is well worth the effort. Starting at the eastern edge of Copacabana Beach the Forte Duque de Caxias trail leads up to a lookout offering fabulous views along the beach and beyond and towards Sugar Loaf Mountain in the other direction. The opportunity to explore the historic fort at the top is an added bonus.
Morro Da Urca - Hike and Lookout: This moderate hike takes you up to the same level as the lower stage cable car up Sugar Loaf Mountain. It can easily be done by anyone in reasonable shape and will reward you with spectacular views from the top. Once there you will have the option to pay and ride the cable car back down or all the way to the top of Sugar Loaf.
Pista Cláudio Coutinho Walking Trail: This is an easy and pleasant walk along the base of Morro Da Urca at the edge of the water. It is a great way to get away from the crowds of the city and enjoy a peaceful walk with some spectacular views. Like all of our walks and hikes it is quite easy to get to by public transit.
Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon Walk: Rodrigo de Feitas Lagoon is a great place to explore on foot. Our page about this scenic body of water situated between Ipanema and the mountains will give you directions to a couple of starting points for exploring the Lagoon. From there you can explore on foot as far as you desire. Should you decide to walk around the entire lagoon it is about 7.5 kilometres which is about a 1½ hour walk.
Vista Chinesa Hike: The Vista Chinesa Hike is a little longer hike than all the above, but follows a paved road so it is not difficult. At the top you will be rewarded with what some consider to be one of the best vantage points from which to view Rio de Janeiro. It takes about an hour from where the bus drops you off to walk to the viewpoint and a bit less going back since it is down hill.
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Guided Rio de Janeiro Walking or Biking Tours
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Enjoy a bike tour of Rio de Janeiro's "zona sul". In a small group, you will visit Rio's main sights. Cycling is the best way to cover long distances and, in just three hours, you'll be able to cover what would take you two days on foot. Your fun and knowledgeable guide will give you information and fun facts about the sights plus tips to better enjoy your stay after the tour.
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Take the subway and enjoy a guided walking tour in downtown Rio. Many cariocas still refer to downtown as “the City”, as if it were a city apart, so busy, profuse and attractive. Rich in history and buildings of great architectural appeal, the center of the former capital of the country is best absorbed in the details when you walk through it.
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Enjoy a small-group, 4-hour bike tour visiting Copacabana, the celebrity cemetery, São João Batista, the Bay of Guanabara, Lapa, the colored Steps of Selaron and Rio’s historical center. It gives a perfect view of Rio de Janeiro in all its diversity.
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Enjoy a small-group, 3-hour bike tour visiting Copacabana, Sugar Loaf, the Lake area and Ipanema Beach. The tour gives a great impression of the beautiful and popular South Zone of Rio.
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See Rio by bike on this 7-hour tour of the South Zone and Old City of Rio de Janeiro. With a small group, see popular beaches such as Copacabana and Ipanema before visiting the colonial area of Lapa, the historic city-center and the Selarón Steps. As you ride the bike, stop for wonderful views of the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain. A typical Brazilian lunch and biking equipment is included.
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Embark on a thrilling 5-hour bike tour, beginning at the Christ the Redeemer Statue and going through Tijuca National Park with a small group, limited to 10 people. Start the day atop Corcovado Mountain at the Christ the Redeemer statue. After taking in the amazing views, descend down jungle roads in Tijuca National Park, where you'll see waterfalls and exotic flora and fauna. Roundtrip transport from your accommodation and all bike equipment is included.
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The Rio City guided bike tour takes you to numerous natural and historical attractions in Rio de Janeiro. This tour is ideal for those who want to see most of the city in a fun and interactive way. The tour starts out in a central meeting location and has you peddling around Rio for 5-hours with your guide.
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Take an afternoon sightseeing tour of Old Rio on foot, and get a feeling for the legends and history woven around the narrow streets and superb baroque buildings of downtown Rio de Janeiro. While you walk, your knowledgeable and entertaining guide will bring the city and its stories alive.
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Enjoy a leisurely bike ride in Rio de Janeiro, from the world-famous beaches of Ipanema and Leblon to the parks and sports complexes surrounding Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon. Your knowledgeable local guide will lead you on easy, paved paths along beautiful beaches and the lagoon, bordered by Rio’s most fashionable neighborhoods. See where the residents of Rio spend their free time, and enjoy amazing views – including Corcovado’s statue of Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) embracing this spectacular city from above.
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Start your tour in Copacabana, one of the most famous beaches in the world. Visit the beachfront neighborhood of Botafogo and Urca, an upscale neighborhood with its own harbor. See the famous red sand beach Praia Vermelha, Red Beach, with great views of Sugar Loaf Mountain. Ride through the historical center and see such landmarks as Candelária’s Church, Tiradentes Square and the Imperial House. Ride the bohemian neighborhood of Lapa, home of the famous Selaron Steps and the Lapa Arcs, an 18th century aqueduct.
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Bike through the Paineiras and visit the Famous Christ Redeemer Statue. See the views from the Chinese View and the biggest urban forest in the world!
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Leave behind the glitz of Copacabana and discover another side of Rio on this 4-hour walking tour. Follow an expert guide into the cobblestoned hilly neighborhood of Santa Teresa, where old meets the new. Inside revitalized belle-epoque mansions, uncover a thriving bohemian spirit: art studios, trendy bars and shops. Capture sweeping views from Ruins Park, browse through spontaneously organized art exhibits and then descend the well-known steps of Selarón Staircase. Learn history and receive tips on the latest hotspots of Santa Teresa from your in-the-know guide.
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Trek to the top of Pedra da Gavea on this 3-hour private hiking tour. One of the highest mountains in the world that ends directly in the ocean, the panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean are breathtaking. Travel up through dense forests and back down along the rocky coast.
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How about a tour at the largest favela in Rio de Janeiro with who else knows?! The tour is done by local and reliable guide.Here the tour is walking, with focus on a genuine experience in order to educate our customers about the slums, which are a big part of life in Rio.Its a 3 hours Walking tour, enough to get to know the biggest favela in Rio de Janeiro with our best local guide
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Ride along Rio´s coast on a new Trek or specialized bike. Explore Rio from Ipanema, Copacabana, Urca and Aterro do Flamengo. Enjoy great ocean and bay views and see Sugar Loaf Mountain at your own pace with this 3-hour bike rental.
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Visiting the Rocinha favela, one of Rio's hundreds of "favelas" (the Brazilian term for a slum or shantytown) and the largest in the country, is a local experience that gives you the chance to see Brazil from another point of view. With a resident guide, take a non-intrusive walking tour to learn about daily life in the favela and gain insight into the challenges these communities face.
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Start the walk to get to the cable car to Sugar Loaf. See the breathtaking views riding the cable car. After visiting the mountains of Urca and Sugar Loaf, see Infante Dom Henrique Avenue in Flamengo Park.
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Experience unique views on this 5-hour biking and hiking tour in Rio de Janeiro. Cycle along Copacabana Beach to the now peaceful favela of Vidigal. Drive to the beginning of the hiking trail and then hike to the top of the Two Borthers Hills peak for amazing views over the city and sea.
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Admire the incredible vistas, historical monuments and neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro. Your full-day tour will take you to the highlights around the city; Sugar Loaf, Historical Downtown, Santa Teresa, Porto Maravilha and Christ the Redeemer.
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Come explore the downtown by foot, light rail, and trolly on this 5-hour small group tour. Get a full experience of one of South America's most iconic downtown locations. Start with a visit to the historic center, pass by the 19th century 'places to be', then make your way to the new Porto Maravilha. Top it off with a visit to a charming bohemian neighborhood on the hillside!
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Hop on your bike and come see why Rio de Janeiro is the most photogenic city in the world. Let the sea breeze flow through your hair as you casually ride through the best neighborhoods. Then come fill up on food and drink in an interactive 4-hour, Brazilian cooking class. Learn from a professional cook and dine on your creations.
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Explore Rio de Janeiro by bike!. The program consists of guided tours of the botanical garden, visiting the Lagoon and Ipanema and Leblon beaches, Arpoador Stone and Copacabana. The tour is about 5 hours and offers the tourist a unique experience of being in direct contact with nature, even in a large metropolis as is the city of Rio de Janeiro.
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From Copacabana to Ipanema, Sugarloaf to downtown, this Rio bike tour shows you all the city sites you can see on two wheels! Prepare to burn mega calories as you spend the day cycling all over Rio de Janeiro. Learn about the city's development, see Olympic sites, explore a garden oasis, discover great architecture and street art, and watch the sunset from a lookout point that's loved by locals.
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Spin your wheels and come cycle through the ‘cycles’ of Rio! Hop on a bike and learn how Rio has developed over the years, and how its downtown and surrounding bairros have changed with the times. Breathe in the sea air of Guanabara Bay, check out Flamengo Park, snap a shot of Sugarloaf Mountain, and find out how the city shifted from its first settlements through to today.
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Ride your bike along the nicest beaches of Rio, from Ipanema to Leblon and Arpoador! See Rio's south end from a different perspective as you cycle around the gorgeous Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, then discover why locals love hanging out in Rio’s great botanical gardens oasis. Finish it up with a sunset view with the locals at Arpoador Rock.
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Walking tour in Rio de Janeiro by subway. Small groups, learn more about Rio with a "Carioca Tour Guide" - Cultural, Historical Tour. Visit the main attractions in Downtown - Historical Rio.
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Explore all of legendary Rio de Janeiro on our full day, 8-hour tour. On your small group tour, you’ll see the city’s most famous sites, like the Christ the Redeemer Statue, and also visit dynamic and colonial neighborhoods like downtown Rio and Santa Teresa. Enjoy panoramic views of Rio from the Christ the Redeemer Statue Discover the colonial and artsy neighborhood of Santa Teresa Visit the lush Tijuca National Forest, home to over 5000 biodiverse species Explore the world famous Ipanema and Copacabana beaches And of course, your own expert, local guide
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Discover the colonial and bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa while on this 4-hour private walking tour. See the famous Selarón Steps, Lapa Arches, and vibrant Santa Teresa area with your local guide and small-group of no more than 15. Explore the city to obtain a new view of this amazing neighborhood with your own exclusive guide.
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With this walking tour we will show to you that Rio is not only beaches, Carnival and caipirinha! It is also one of the most important cities in the world in terms of culture, history, economy and natural resources.
Additional parks, beaches and neighbourhoods that are great for walking
In addition to the self-guided and guided walking and bike tours and hikes above, many of Rio's lengthy beaches parks and neighbourhoods are great places for exploring on foot. Any of the areas linked to below offer plenty of opportunity for walking.