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Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

The way we Travel


Multi-Day programs including Day Tours, optional Airport Transfer,
Accommodations and Full Time Rio Hiking support:

Regular Trips
>> Regular Trips:

Small Groups with
Weekly departures
2, 3, 5 or 7 Days Trip

Private Trips
>> Private Trips:

Departure dates and travel companions of your choice,
5 exclusive itineraries;

Customized Trips
>> Customized Trips:

Create your own dream trip to Rio: dates, itineraries, tours, accommodations and travel companions of your choice.

Day Tours

Rio Hiking offers the best Single Day Adventures in Rio! Transportation, Safety Gear, Entrance fees and experienced guides included!

Backpaker Tours
>> Backpaker Tours:

Small Group Tour; Fixed departure date; lower prices; Every day a different tour.

Private Tours
>> Private Tours:

Over 20 options of private Day Tours, departure dates and travel companions of your choice.

About Rio Hiking

Rio Hiking is a Pioneer Adventure Travel company in Rio de Janeiro. We are specialized in Small Groups Multi-Sport Adventures in the city and surrounding areas, such as Tijuca Forest, Sugar Loaf, Pedra da Gavea, Ilha Grande, Paraty, Serra dos Orgãos and Buzios. Our itineraries combine a range of activities from hiking, biking, sea kayaking, hang-gliding, rock climbing to cultural attractions, providing a perfect integration of physical activities, nature, local people exchanges and cultural awareness.

Our History

Founded in 1999 by Denise Werneck and her son Gabriel, the mother-and-son team quickly grew from a family business into an Adventure Travel company. The family’s love for travelling and nature took and still take them to visit many different destinations in Brazil and abroad. Denise is a Psychologist and now collaborates as a company consultant. Gabriel studied tourism and hotel management and has an MBA in business. He worked as a guide in the first years and now is the manager of the company.

Our Team

The company counts with an office staff ready to organize and book your trip by phone and internet. A group of authentic and prepared local guides will take care of you during your experience with us. Our team of guide have Biologists, Artists, Travel Specialists, adventure and outdoor lovers and world travelers.

Our Policies

Customer care >>To overcome expectations;

Risk Management >>First company in Rio de Janeiro to be certified at the NBR 15331– Risk Management Standards for adventure travel;

Sustainable Work >>Nature, culture and people are our main attractions;

Reduce Impacts >>Small Groups, work with local people and environmental education;

Business Vision >>Supports the development of the Adventure Travel Market and its Associations;

Legal posture >>Works according to good market practices and Brazilian laws;

Improvement >>Continuous business Improvement;

About Rio de Janeiro

Known as the “Wonderful City”, Rio de Janeiro has one of the most amazing landscapes you can find on a big city. Its geography combines worldwide famous beaches, remarkable rocky peaks and a luxurious Tropical Forest. The natural highlights of the city are the Tijuca National Park, Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches, Sugar Loaf and Corcovado Mountain. The local “Cariocas” are known as friendly, joyful and easygoing people. Rio also offers a rich musical culture: Samba, Bossa Nova and the famous Carnaval party are just some of the many cultural attractions you can find there.

Where to eat

Rio offers its visitors many interesting options to eat!
From a deep fried “Pastel” and a sugar-cane juice at a small street market, to the most contemporary restaurants of Leblon, the visitors will be able to taste many flavors of Brazil. If you are a curious eater looking for a consistent traditional meal, the “Feijoada” is a very good suggestion. This black-beans and pork stew is loved by locals and tourists! The locally famous “Bar do Mineiro” at Santa Teresa is one of the places we enjoy taking our clients for a good Feijoada! Another good traditional option is the Brazilian “Churrasco”. There are good options of “churrascarias” in many areas of the city.
These “all you can eat” steak-houses are the perfect place for hungry meat-lovers looking for an intense eating experience.
But if you just need a quick snack and a fresh drink, you can find good ones for modest prices in one of the many juice shops and bakeries of the city. You can also eat practical and non-expensive picking one of the many “pay-per-kilo” restaurants in Rio. This option is very popular among locals by offering good prices and a nice variety of food.
Travelers looking for a "modern cuisine" and an original atmosphere will find good options at Dias Ferreira Street, in Leblon. The districts of Ipanema, Jardim Botanico and Santa Teresa will also offer you very nice places to eat.
We are sure your trip will be more interesting by enjoying the variety of Rio’s gastronomy. Our guides will be happy to answer you any questions regarding specific places to eat, addresses and reservation.

Sugar Loaf and Corcovado

If you haven’t hiked the Sugar Loaf with us, nor visited Corcovado with our Tijuca Park tour, and this is your first time in Rio, you will need 2 half-days to see those very touristy, but not to be missed attractions.


Copacabana is the district where most hotels are located, the beach is surely a gem and the shoreline avenue is impressing, specially from the highest hotels’ rooftops, but unfortunately the district has lost its charm over the past decades and is now crowded with buildings, stores, traffic and beggars, Copacabana, Ipanema.

Historic Downtown + Santa Teresa

This is our suggestion to reach the best of the downtown historic sightseeing in a half-day: start with a taxi to Mosteiro de São Bento, an impressing church from the 17th century , Rua Dom Gerardo 68 (opens everyday from 8 to 11am and from 2:30 to 6pm, with a special Gregorian choir in the Sun 10am mass)

Botanical Gardens

Created in 1808 by D. João VI, Prince Regent of Portugal, who had moved to Brazil with his whole court, fleeing from Napoleon’ s threats of invasion, Rio´s Botanical Gardens is considered one of the ten most important in the world. It is internationally known as a living museum in the field of Botany.

Parque da Catacumba

Betwen Copacabana and Ipanema, on the east side of Lagoa (the big lake above ipanema and Jardim Botanico), this park has a handful of short trails that lead up through rainforest to marvelous views overlooking the mountain-framed lake and southern beaches; other activities on site include Rappelling, Climbing Wall a Zipline and a canopy walk between treetops. Afterwards, you can walk to one of the nearby lakeside kiosks and take the "Pedalinho" a rental paddle boat with the shape os a Swan.

Media & Reviews

Recommended by the world´s best travel media


“Rio Hiking (9721-0594 ; www.riohiking.com.br) offers guided hiking trips to all of the peaks and mountains in Rio and more. The 4-hour Sugar Loaf trip, which includes a short stretch of rock climbing (…). Less strenuous is the Tijuca Forest tour, which involves a driving tour of the forest, stops at waterfall and a couple of lookouts, and a 2-hour hike to Pico da Tijuca (…) with the option of returning via the fascinating hilltop neighborhood of Santa Teresa. Guides Denise Werneck and Gabriel Barrouin know Rio well, speak excellent English, and are delight to be with. “

Lonely Planet

“Led by Denise Werneck and her son Gabriel, who both speak English, Rio Hiking (2552-9204, 9721-0594; www.riohiking.com.br) tours range from easy to strenuous and cover a variety of terrains in and around Rio. Popular treks include hike up to Pico da Tijuca (the highest point in the national park), Pedra da Gavea, Pão de Açucar and Corcovado. Cycling and diving adventures, surfing and rappelling can all be arranged.”

Travel + Leisure

Rough Guides

“Rio Hiking (2552-9204 or 9721-0594, www.riohiking.com.br ) Offers hikes for small groups along the park´s many trails, most often to Pico da Tijuca, but also to caves or on tailor-made itineraries. Full day tour also include a visit to Santa Teresa… ”


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