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Visit Sugar Loaf (hiking Morro da Urca)

It is one of the most popular tourist activities in Rio de Janeiro. I make it even more attractive. Indeed, to visit the Sugar Loaf, I suggest you the option of going through Praia Vermelha, Pista Cautinho and finally the Morro da Urca hike.

  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Physical Condition: light
  • Orientation: easy
  • Attraction: magnificent 360Âș view and ClĂĄudio Coutinho Hike

Visit Sugar Loaf (hiking Morro da Urca)

Pista Claudio Coutinho

The tour starts at Praia Vermelha. This sets the tone for the beauty of the place. The atmosphere and heavenly.

At the end of the beach on the left, there is an entrance to take the tarmac path of the ClĂĄudio Coutinho pista. It is the obligatory passage, to start the hike which goes up to Morro da Urca. All that remains is to climb the 1250 meters.
It is not uncommon on this part of the road to meet small monkeys (Mico).

Visit Sugar Loaf (hiking Morro da Urca)

Morro da Urca

To reach the top of Morro da Urca, the hike consists of 5 steps, and takes a maximum of 45 minutes.

Be careful, the first 3 steps are formidable. It is important to start slowly so as not to exhaust yourself too much.

At the top, at Morro da Urca, you have a wonderful view of the beaches of; Leme, Copacabana, Ipanema, Botafogo, Flamengo.

We can also see the Pedra da GĂĄvea, the imposing massif of Tijuca and the Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, the bay of Guanabara, with the bay of Botafogo, Downtown, Santos Dumont Airport, NiterĂłi, Rio-NiterĂłi Bridge, and back -plan of the Serra do Mar; the peak "finger of God".

You also have the BaĂ­a de Guanabara space. In this space, you have small shops and kiosks that sell sandwiches and cold drinks.

It is from this location that you can best see the Sugarloaf Mountain. The view there is incredible.

Chairs and benches are available for those who want to immortalize and enjoy more of this exuberant landscape.

Visit Sugar Loaf (hiking Morro da Urca)

The Sugar Loaf

The Sugar Loaf (PĂŁo de AçĂșcar), is a peak located in the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. It rises to 396 meters of altitude, and can be reached thanks to a device (Sugarloaf cable car).

The cable car connects the base of Morro da BabilĂŽnia to the first summit of Morro da Urca, 220 meters above sea level. Then he continues to the second summit of the Sugar Loaf. 700 meters long, this second section is equipped with panoramic spherical cabins that carry up to 65 passengers every twenty minutes for a three-minute ascent.

History of Sugar Loaf

In 1912, the opening of an air route in Rio de Janeiro, included in the tourist map of Brazil, becomes famous as the "Bondinho do PĂŁo de AçĂșcar". Today, the image of this cable car has been fully integrated into the Rio landscape.

Built, operated and maintained by the company "Caminho AĂ©reo PĂŁo de AçĂșcar", the Sugarloaf station was created to entertain thousands of people in this privileged location. Famous for the beauty of its landscapes.

The Sugar Loaf Hill is almost untouched by any vegetation. It is actually a block of granite that pressure and temperature have changed over 600 million years ago.

The few remains of vegetation that it shelters are of tropical type, vestiges of the Atlantic forest with native animal species.


  • Capacity of the Cable Car (Bondinho) : 65 passengers
  • Height of Morro da Urca : 220 meters
  • Distance between Beach Red / Morro da Urca : 538 metres
  • Height of Sugar Loaf : 396 meters
  • Distance between Morro da Urca / Sugar Loaf : 749 meters

What's included

  • Visit Sugar Loaf - 9 am to 2 pm
  • Hiking Morro da Urca
  • English speaking guide
  • Photos Service

What's not included

  • Lunch