The Morro da Urca (or Urca Hill) is the Sugarloaf’s little brother (or sister). While the Morro da Urca is significantly lower than the Sugarloaf (200 vs 300 meters), the views are just as spectacular. And you can get there with an incredible jungle hike – and save the BRL$80 for the gondola.
Morro da Urca Hike Details
To get to the head of the trail take any of the following public transportation options:
Metro + Bus
Metro (lines 1 or 2) to Botafogo Station. Follow signs to Exit F. Cross the street and take bus SP513.
from Leblon, Ipanema, Copacabana take Bus Circular 01 (Circular 01)
from Flamengo, Lapa, Centro take Bus 107 (Urca)
Ask to be dropped off at the "Bondinho Pão de Açucar"
You can also come down with the gondola if you don't feel like hiking down. Go to the food court to buy your tickets.
The prices to come down from the Morro da Urca are R$40 for adults and R$20 for those under 21 (13 to 21 needs to provide ID to get the discount)
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