The Best Running Routes in Rio de Janeiro

Barra da Tijuca beach
Barra da Tijuca beach | © Rafael Rabello de Barros/WikiCommons
Sarah Brown

Long stretches of coastline, plenty of parks and lush rainforests make Rio de Janeiro a wonderful city for running or jogging. Whether it’s a gentle jog around Copacabana, or the more challenging terrain of Tijuca forest, here we explore some of Rio’s best running routes for both beginners and more advanced fitness fanatics.

1. Maracanã Stadium

Gym, Stadium

Maracana |© Pedro Lopez/WikiCommons
© Pedro Lopez / WikiCommons
Joggers can run around the 1.8 kilometer (1.1 mile) perimeter of the iconic Brazilian football stadium. Runners can also use the public outdoor gym equipment that is set up at a few points alongside the running track for an additional arm workout or a place to stretch post-run. The area remains well-lit after dark, making it a safe option for evening running on the track’s flat terrain.

2. Tijuca

Forest, Park

Tijuca forest
© Pierre André/WikiCommons
The Tijuca forest is a wonderful running route that starts from the entrance of the forest up to Vista Chinesa, a gazebo that overlooks Lagoa and Ipanema. The track is an asphalt road and is steep, providing a challenging climb for even the most advanced runners. The park opens between 8AM and 6PM, so pay attention to run between these times. The route from the bottom to the top is 4.4 kilometers (2.83 miles).

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