Estrada Redentor S/N
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
NileGuide Expert tip:
Bring a camera - you won't want to miss these views - and use swim wear under your clothes so you can cool down in the pools and waterfalls
This long stretch of road leading from Santa Teresa and Cosme Velho right up to Barra da Tijuca cuts through Tijuca National Park, taking in stunning views at every turn.
Closed to traffic at weekends and on public holidays, Paineiras is a favourite spot for serious runners and hikers, while those of a less athletic persuasion can take leisurely walks, stopping to cool down under the waterpipes that pour fresh mountain water onto the parched heads of those stopping to cool down below.