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. Take a look at our Rio de Janeiro sightseeing planner to schedule your visit to Urca and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Beautiful and quiet neighborhood near Sugar Loaf. PIN Bar Urca, drink and eat something in the waterfront falls while the afternoon.
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  • Great place to go with friends in the evening take a the beer on the wall. Overlooking lush, like almost all the sights of Rio de Janeiro, the Urca has a "wall" well known, where people meet with friends for a beer, chat and enjoy the late afternoon after a day of work.
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  • Urca is such a cosy neighbourhood! It is lovely for a morning walk, after going up the sugar loaf, or having a beer in the afternoon! It has a great view of the bay. I recommend going to the 'mureta' ...  more »

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