Everyone loves this paved 2km trail winding along the southern contour of Morro do Urca. It’s a lush treed area, with the waves crashing on the rocks below. Look out for families of marmosets with their gray fur, striped tails and tiny faces. To get there, 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.
About 300m along the path, there’s a small trail leading off to Morro da Urca. From there you can have a fine view 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.