Morro da Urca, Rio de Janeiro

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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.
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  • Morro da Urca is composed by two hills, one is not so high and closer to the land and the second one is really high and closer to the ocean. You can reach the top of the first hill by car cable or tre...  more »
  • Intermediate stop if going up Pao de Acucar (Sogarloaf Mountain) by cable car; alternatively, you can hike up the available trail. Wonderful views of Rio from here with plenty of photo opportunities. ...  more »
  • The first stop when we take the cable car to Sugar loaf, good views of the city and beaches around. If you don´t want to take the cable car there´s a trail ( about 45 minutes walking ) to go to Urca h...  more »