Urca, Rio de Janeiro

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Tucked away at the foot of Rio de Janeiro's iconic Sugar Loaf mountain, the wealthy residential neighborhood of Urca is also home to Forte São João, a seventeenth-century fort located at the site of the first Portuguese settlement in Rio. Although the fort is still a functional military base, visitors are allowed in to visit its museum, but the main attraction is the extraordinary location. The fort's soccer field, with the Sugar Loaf behind one goal, the fort behind the other, and the beach running along one side, is arguably the most spectacularly located soccer field in the world. Elsewhere in Urca you can relax on the distinctive red sand of Vermelha Beach, only a stone's throw from the cable car station leading up to the Sugar Loaf, or follow the 2 km (1.2 mi) adventure trail beginning on the beach, through a short stretch of tropical rainforest populated by monkeys and lush plant life. To visit Urca and get the most from your holiday in Rio de Janeiro, create itinerary details personal to you using our Rio de Janeiro tourist route planner.
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  • August 13, 2017
    This place is very beautiful, with an unmatched beauty, has several sellers in the vicinity, you can buy many souvenirs.
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  • August 9, 2017
    Very beautiful especially in the afternoon. Along the track where you can do Cláudio Coutinho a lightweight walk with views of the sea. There is also the Military Club open to anyone who is not a partner where you can take advantage of the restaurant with a beautiful view of the sea at dusk. Food a bit expensive but tasty. Recommend!
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  • August 9, 2017
    Beautiful view, clean streets. .. totally cool! Looks like an inner city, people walk calmly and the beautiful views of the Aterro do Flamengo.
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