Morro Dois Irmãos Hike, Rio de Janeiro
The Dois Irmãos, or Two Brothers in English, are the iconic mountains standing tall and proud over Ipanema beach. From the waterside, it looks impossible to hike this steep mountain, however, the slopes are more gentle around the back; if you’re looking for a challenge, this hike is so rewarding!
Distance: 3.8km round trip
Time Taken: Around 2 hours
When to Hike: Year-round, unless it has rained heavily the day before!
Starting Point: At the end of the Leblon Beach, walk the Avenida Niemeyer until you reach the Favela Vidigal, then either walk through the Favela until you reach the football fields on your left-hand side, or take a public van. You can start the hike from the football fields; there is a path over the far side leaving into the trees.
The Hike: Follow this path for about 15 minutes until you reach a fantastic lookout point with stunning views across Pedra da Gávea and Rocinha. The trail then continues steadily for a while as you pass through areas of butterflies and lizards, until the path steepens, leading you to another lookout point over Rocinha, where you can catch a glimpse of Christ the Redeemer. From this point it’s around another 15 minutes until you reach the top of Dois Irmãos, where you can revel in the breathtaking panoramic views; you can literally see everything from here: Ipanema, Lagoa, Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer. It’s truly spectacular, and what a photo opportunity!!
Now could be a nice time to stop for a post-hike lunch, (unless you’ve gone for the gorgeous sunset views, of course!). On your way back down through the Favela, you will find a number of nice bars and restaurants that are perfect for a quick break after the hike.
This is one of our favourite hikes in Rio; the view from the top really is unbeatable!!
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