Morro da Urca, Rio de Janeiro
(4.9/5 based on 7,000+ reviews on the web)
Instead of paying for the cable car rides up the Sugarloaf Mountain, most locals simply hike up Morro da Urca. This 215-m (705 ft) hill offers sweeping views of Corcovado, Copacabana, Guanabara Bay, and the Sugarloaf itself, which you can’t see when you’re actually on it. The hill is noted for being an important part of one of the largest urban rock climbing areas in the world, with more than 270 routes. You can, of course, always opt to take the cable car to the top of the hill, which features a visitor center, food stands, restrooms, and a souvenir shop. Plan your visit for a clear and sunny day, as the top of Sugarloaf and the surrounding hills often become enveloped in thick fog and clouds. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Rio de Janeiro holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Morro da Urca and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
Create a full Rio de Janeiro itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Rio de Janeiro

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Rio de Janeiro by other users

18 days in South America BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 26 days in South America BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 27 days in South America BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in South America BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Rio de Janeiro BY A USER FROM THAILAND December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in South America BY A USER FROM BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 24 days in Brazil BY A USER FROM BRAZIL December, outdoors, beaches, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 7 days in Brazil BY A USER FROM TANZANIA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 25 days in South America & Cuba BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES December, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 27 days in Brazil BY A USER FROM LEBANON January, culture, outdoors, beaches, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, beaches, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 30 days in South America BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA February, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 40 days in South America BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Go with time to enjoy the wonderful view, if at the end of the day has the divine sunset
    View original
  • The view from Red beach is one of the most beautiful landscapes you will view of the morro da urca, sure good ride.
    View original
  • Despite the sky between clouds, a beautiful view of the neighborhoods. With wild animals along the promenade, is an ideal place to take kids. Right time for a meal before continuing the snippet.
    View original