Hike Rio de Janeiro – Morro do Leme

Morro do Leme

Rio is known for its beaches, bars, samba, and Christ the Redeemer.

But it is also a city full of natural wonders and forests, all within city limits.

One of the easiest and most convenient hikes in Rio is hiding in plain sight, just a short stroll from Copacabana Beach – Morro do Leme.

From Copacabana, you follow the beach boardwalk all the way to Leme, where you’ll see a guard outpost at the base of the hill.

This is the entrance to the Morro do Leme hike and Fort of Duque de Caxias, for the low bargain price of 4 Reais.

The trail to the fort is paved and very easy. It’s a bit steep in some places, but not difficult by any means, and as part of the military compound it is very safe.

Morro do Leme Hike Rio de Janeirothe paved trail up Morro do Leme to the fort

Morro do Leme Hike Rio de Janeirolots of families coming back on a Sunday afternoon from Morro do Leme

To get up to the top of the trail, and reach the fort, it takes about 20 minutes. You might want to bring water with you, as it can get quite hot, but there are also refreshments sold at the top of the fort.

Morro do Leme Hike Rio de Janeiro Forte do Leme Duque de Caxias

woohoo! Reached the top of the fort at Morro do Leme

You’ll want to leave yourself some time to explore, as there are a lot of interesting signposted military objects (I am a museum nerd and need to read everything)…

Morro do Leme Hike Rio de Janeiro Forte do Leme Duque de Caxias

retired military gun

Morro do Leme Hike Rio de Janeiro Forte do Leme Duque de Caxiascheck out Pao de Acucar in the background

And the views of Rio de Janeiro from Morro do Leme are the best that I’ve experienced so far.

Morro do Leme Hike Rio de Janeiro Forte do Leme Duque de Caxiasthe fabulous view of Copacabana and Leme.. and Christ the Redeemer in the right corner

Morro do Leme Hike Rio de Janeiro Forte do Leme Duque de Caxiasview of the valley (and Christ the Redeemer right above the flag)

Morro do Leme Hike Rio de Janeiro Forte do Leme Duque de Caxias Pao de Acucarthe view of Pao de Acucar

If you go to Morro do Leme at the very end of the day, like I did, you’ll likely have the whole place to yourself, to enjoy and take in the views and fresh breeze.

Morro do Leme Hike Rio de Janeiro Forte do Leme Duque de Caxiascompletely deserted

And make friends with the little monkeys.

Morro do Leme Hike Rio de Janeiro Forte do Leme Duque de Caxias military monkeyI love the monkeys in Rio.. to see more click here

What is your favorite hike in Rio de Janeiro? Have you tried Morro do Leme?

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5 Comments

  1. August 10, 2015 / 8:09 pm

    Looks like a great hike! Janice’s brother and wife lived in Rio recently for 3 months (for work) and really got to know the city and all its leisure offerings. We visit Rio many years ago, but only for a short time so we only took in the usual tourist sites. If we were to visit today, we’d definitely put this hike on our to-do list :-).

    • August 10, 2015 / 10:21 pm

      Hi! Rio does have so many great hikes! If you come back you should check them out, so beautiful and easy to get to… A real oasis in the city 🙂

  2. October 1, 2015 / 12:08 pm

    Gorgeous! I hiked Morro da Urca last time I was in Rio but didn’t get to Leme. Next time, I hope!

    • October 1, 2015 / 12:36 pm

      Definitely bring your camera (these photos were just shot from an old phone) – the views are so stunning!!
      Let me know next time you come to Rio it’d be fun to meet up!

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