praia vermelha

A place to breathe and relax in Rio, even during Carnival


It is not the first time I write about this place in this blog. I’ve already mentioned it here, here and here, and I’m going to talk about it again. Sorry if I’m being repetitive but I just can’t help saying good things about Pista Claudio Coutinho, in Praia Vermelha. Continue reading

Pista Claudio Coutinho, my hidden treasure in Rio

If I had to pick only one place in Rio to visit before I die this place would definitely be Pista Claudio Coutinho.

Pista Claudio Coutinho is an oceanside pathway located between Morro da Urca (the first hill of Sugar Loaf ) and Praia Vermelha ocean. It is located in a very safe area, in Urca neighborhood, just inside a military area.

I like to go there for so many different reasons. I like to go there for running, or just for a leisure walk,  I like to go there to take photographs, with my camera, or with my eyes. I like to go there to breath some fresh air. That’s why I consider it my treasure place in Rio.

Those pictures I took a couple of weekends ago when I took my mother for the first time there. She was delighted with the beautiful landscape  and I got very happy to provide her this moment of pleasure for being close to nature.

If you are visiting Rio and are in need of some quiet moment close to nature, that’s the place to go. As it is quite close to Sugar Loaf, you can visit both in the same day.

Pista Claudio Coutinho – Praça Gen. Tibúrcio, 125 Rio de Janeiro – daily – 06 am to 06pm

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My special spot in Rio

After a rainy Tuesday, today the sun decided to show up again.  I took the opportunity to do a running training in one of my favourite spots in Rio, Pista Claudio Coutinho.

Praia Vermelha
Praia Vermelha – on the left side of the beach you can reach Pista Cláudio Coutinho

Pista Cláudio Coutinho is a walking trail beneath Morro da Urca, the first hill of Sugar Loaf, and it is a perfect place for a run.  It is one of  the places in Rio where you can forget you are in one of the corners of  a big city like Rio de Janeiro.

While running you will breathe fresh air, enjoy the beautiful view of Guanabara Bay, see lots of  colourful birds and butterflies and listen to the sound of the sea .

In the weekends, a lot of people visit the trail to walk, take pictures and  practice  sports like hiking and rock-climbing.

Another highlight of Pista Claudio Coutinho is that, as it is located in a military area, it’s quite a safe place.

If there is a place in Rio where I feel peace in my heart, that’s the place!

Today I didn’t take my camera with me, but I’m planning another visit soon to take some photos to share with you!

For those who are planning to visit Rio, check those Trip Advisor reviews for more details.

It is definitely a must-go spot!