This paved 1.2km trail winds along the southern contour of Morro da Urca. It’s a lush area, with the craggy mountain rising on one side, and waves crashing on rocks below. To get here, walk 100m north along the edge of Praia Vermelha (with your back to the cable-car station) and you’ll see the entrance to the path straight ahead, just past the beach.
Look out for families of marmosets with their gray fur, striped tails and tiny faces.
About 300m along the path, there’s a small trail leading off to Morro da Urca. From here there are fine views over the city that won’t cost a thing (except plenty of sweat – the path up is steep!). Pão de Açúcar can also be climbed – but it’s not recommended without an experienced guide and climbing gear.