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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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  • Urca is a neighborhood traditionally noble of the southern part of the city of Rio de Janeiro. A picturesque and pleasant-looking neighborhood reminiscent of the inner city, has sights the Hill of sugar loaf and the Morro da Urca. EMM your limitesestá Botafogo, Copacabana and Leme.
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  • If you are visiting the river sure to go for a walk on the edge of Urca. Is a must and you do not see the time passing, the view is beautiful, tree-lined streets, quiet, with little movement. Tip: go for a walk and finish the ride having a beer at the Bar Urca (expensive) or at the famous "Pobreta" a bar at the entrance of Urca. In both, you can sit on the short wall of Urca and drink your beer enjoying the scenery.
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  • Beautiful view of rio de janeiro. Perfect for a beer one evening with friends. Any photo made this place worth it.
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