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.
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.
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)…
retired military gun
And the views of Rio de Janeiro from Morro do Leme are the best that I’ve experienced so far.
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.
And make friends with the little monkeys.
I 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?
To check out information on other hikes in Rio, click here
For more information on Rio de Janeiro in general, click here