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Urca, Rio de Janeiro

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Neighborhood Tourist Spot
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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  • Urca is a small neighborhood between Copacabana and Botafogo, situated very close to Sugarloaf. There are many small restaurants and bars to choose from, however, there is a small area with spectacula...  more »
  • We visit this place after the Sugarloaf attraction. We were trying to find a good place to eat a real Brazilian food and it was not a very good experience.  more »
  • This neighborhood gets overlooked by tourists which makes it even more special. Grab a beer and some local food and walk over to the wall and watch the sunset over the bay. Urca is gorgeous!  more »