Morro da Urca Hike

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

Getting There

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"

Alternative Return

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)

Nearby Jonts

Claudio Coutinho Trail
This is an easy hike (actually a stroll) through dense atlantic forest with incredible views of the ocean and the Guanabara Bay. Details.

Sunset at the Mureta da Urca
The Urca shoreline offers one of the best sunset spots in Rio. Learn about this an other sunset spots in Rio here.

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Christ the Redeemer Hike
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Pedra da Gavea Hike
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