Forte Duque de Caxias, Rio de Janeiro
(4.7/5 based on 460 reviews on the web)
For stunning views of Rio and its attractions, visit Forte Duque de Caxias, a fort built to defend Rio, located on the east end of Copacabana Beach and perched atop Leme Hill. Admission to the fort requires a 1km (0.6 mile) walk up a cobblestone street through the restored rainforest. Don't be surprised if you see marmosets, lizards, various birds, and even monkeys along the way. Learn about the military history from the various artifacts and information panels. The best part of Forte Duque de Caxias is the breathtaking view of Copacabana Beach, Guanabara Bay, Sugarloaf Mountain, and the Redeemer Statue in the distance. To visit Forte Duque de Caxias on your holiday in Rio de Janeiro, and find out what else Rio de Janeiro has to offer, use our Rio de Janeiro holiday planner.
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  • A fortification that is part of the complex of Forts guarding the Guanabara Bay but found little visited. It takes more or less 30 minutes to climb the Hill because it is not allowed to climb by car or motorbike, as it is a reserved forest area. The view from the top is amazing and a must! You're practically the Pão de Açúcar and can still view of Copacabana beach, and a bit of Niterói.
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  • Duque de Caxias Fort is at the end of the Rudder, the admission is real and can pay half price 6. The ascent is by a cobbled road with approximately 800 metres away to the Fort. The place has bathrooms and water fountains. On the site you watch a video with all the history of the site and enjoy an incredible view of the Rudder, sugar loaf and Copacabana. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 to 16:30 more tips and photos on Instagram @pauloizidoro
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  • Beaches are cool, but forts are cooler! Worth the trip up to see this one, great views from the top of Copacabana, Christ the Redeemer and the Sugar Loaf. Went at about 10am, spent a couple of hours t...  more »
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  • FORTE DUQUE de CAXIAS or FORT LEME is a unique sight seeing point of Rio de Janeiro. Wonderful views from Copacabana-posto 6, Corcovado Mt. with Christ statue, Leme, to Sugar Loaf and Guanabara Bay. First you must go up in a curved street to the top. On the way you meet little monkeys begging for food. They eat out of your hand. Full entrance R 4. Open from Tuesday to Sunday (9:30h - 17:00h).
  • Never misses this place. The food is expensive, but the place holds a good view and a great history. You shouldnt expend more than 2 hours there to see everything. Go in the weekdays, weekeends are too crouded.
  • Spectacular panoramic views are the reward for reaching the fort after a stiff climb. Inside the fort itself there are some small exhibitions and historical displays. Lots of monkeys around on the roof with the gun implacements. A café and a shop would be welcome additions.
  • Excellent point of view of Copacabana beach and entrance of the Guanabara bay. Intresting fortification smaller than the fort of Copacabana. Take your time to grow up there especially if it us a sunny day.
  • Hidden atraction, great view from top.