Today, take an amazing hike to the Dois Irmãos (Two Brother’s) hill!
The Dois Irmãos hill is the twin peak rising 533 m at the end of the Leblon Beach. The hill and its 844 m high neighbor, Pedra da Gavea (Gavea Rock), are seen from most parts of the southern zone of Rio and from the hill, you will have even more unique views of our spectacular city.
The start of the climb will happen from the popular Vidigal favela, the one with the highest number of foreign inhabitants in Rio and will take us through a network of trails footpaths and labyrinths and into the Penhasco Dois Irmãos Natural Park.
The higher you go the more impressive the sights become, and you will have complete views of the Pedra da Gavea, the south zone neighborhoods and beaches of Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana, the Rodrigo de Freitas Lake, the Christ statue and the Sugar Loaf and the immense Atlantic Ocean. It is the only real 360º spot in a mountain summit in Rio.
After our hike we will continue to a unique program to explore some of the social aspects of Rio through a walk in the poor community of Rio also know as “favelas” (shanty towns).
This walking tour will take us to one of the communities where a Pacification Police Unit of Rio de Janeiro was installed. Today the local community develops several social programs like ‘Centro de Montanha Vidigal’ the profits of this tour go to local residents and centers. We start by walking through the maze of alleys to get a feel of how it is to live in a favela. Then we continue to a trail that leads to a ledge with breathtaking views of Ipanema Copacabana the Lagoon and Guanabara Bay.
Vidigal’s stunning location offers visitors a privileged view of the city. The walking tour is conducted by a trained tour guide who lives in the community. After our walk through the maze of narrow alleyways that cling to the steep hillside we are rewarded by sweeping views of the Sugarloaf, Christ the Redeemer, Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and the surrounding neighborhoods.
Favela Vidigal is quickly becoming a must-see tourist destination in Rio de Janeiro. The tour gives visitors a different perspective of the city and offers a glimpse into the daily routine of the favela. The tour contributes to the community’s social development and fosters the exchange between different classes and cultures.