One of the good things of living in Rio is the numerous opportunities for outdoors activities: hiking trails, cycling routes, agitated seawaters for surfing and calm ones for stand-up paddle or kayaking, strong winds for windsurfing and varying rock facades for rock climbing. The list is endless; it is up to one´s imagination and resources.
My experience in Rio with seawater sports is limited as these were never my cup of tea. However, those activities where the feet can step firmly and the arms can be spread like bird wings fall within my area of expertise. Today´s tip of Rio is the easy walking trail along the skirts of Sugar Loaf boarding the coast. This is the Claudio Coutinho walking trail.
Its path is smooth, well cemented and flat with only a very slight inclination the first 20 meters. Its low level of difficulty makes it perfect for a family stroll or a “let´s take it easy-kind of day”. It is frequented by runners, rock climbers and guided hiking groups initiating their way up to the Sugar Loaf. The views are beautiful: the deep green forest with the omnipresent volcanic rocks to one side and the deep blue sea with the sonorous strong splashing water on the mountain´s base. On a clear day, Niteroi´s profile, the islets and the many boats cruising Guanabara Bay can be seen.
While the scenery is relaxing for the eyes, the walk is energizing for the body. Breathing unpolluted air within such a highly populated city is a luxury to the lungs. Spare 1-2 hours for this short rejuvenating walk in your next trip to Rio de Janeiro!