There’s scenic and hilly running in the Urca neighborhood, just northeast of the Leme/Copacabana beach area. The highlight is the path that skirts the base of Sugarloaf Mountain. We’ve also put together a short run in the scenic Urca neighborhood.
Morro da Urca. The paved Pista Cláudio Coutinho walking trail skirts the base of the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain, with an option to go to the summit. Starting from Av. Pasteur, the first 2 km are flat, with spectacular views of the ocean, Praia Vermelha (Red Beach), and Sugarloaf. After 2 km, there’s the climb to the summit — nearly 300m over 0.6 km!
Along this path, you might encounter some of Brazil’s cutest residents (marmosets) running along the railing and jumping through the treetops.There’s also a cable car up to Sugar Loaf begins from Praia Vermelha.
Urca Neighborhood. Run this standalone or combine with the Morro de Urca. This route features some beautiful old buildings and views of Guanabara Bay, skirting the base of Sugarloaf Mountain. Note: very hilly — 247m gain over 4 km.
Begin at the bus stop Avenida Pasteur próximo ao 458 and turn left onto Ramon Franco Street. When Ramon Franco St. ends, bear right onto R. Mal Cantuária and follow this to R. Cândido Gafree. This will lead you to the end where you’ll find Bar Urca (known for its beer and fried delights). Head back to where you came from along the water on Av. João Luís Alves. This is very hilly!