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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  • The Urca is a tranquillity of security, a Spa in downtown rio de janeiro, Portal da bahia of guanabara.
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  • We met this neighborhood without wanting to, went to the sugar loaf, we lost and we ended up watching the sunset at urca, very good place, murallita almost that no tourists, is super tranqui, this airport to the front and the beach of botafogo, the sunset from here is exce lens!
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  • Welcome to RJ, a moment not to be missed is the sunset at Urca wall, preferably with a good drink and snacks from the Bar Urca. Is phenomenal!
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