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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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  • This neighborhood is amazing, the architecture of the houses is wonderful. I've never seen. the climate is chilly due to vegetation. fantastic.
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  • Visit the Hill is a compulsory activity for who wants to meet the RJ. A spectacular view on the edge and SD airport.
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  • The singer who has a million friends, Roberto Carlos lives in this super quiet neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro. The whole area is a very quiet, worth take it and walk along its Waterfront full of sailing boats and with a very nice view of the Bay.
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