Urca is a traditional and wealthy residential neighborhood with nearly 7,000 inhabitants (2000 census) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Although most of the neighborhood dates from the 1920s, parts of it are much older. What is now called the Forte São João, a military base at the foot of the Sugarloaf Mountain, is where the first Portuguese settlement in Rio was founded by Estácio de Sá on March 1, 1565. The French had arrived 12 years earlier and founded a settlement, called France Antarctique, close to what is now Flamengo and Gloria districts, in downtown Rio. The French, riven by internal disputes between Catholics and Protestants, were massacred by the Portuguese and their Indian allies in attacks organised from here, expelling them from the nearby Villegagnon Island (named after the French commander Nicolas Durand de Villegaignon). The street now called Rua São Sebastião, in Urca, which leads from behind the fort to the Urca casino, was originally a trail from the Portuguese fort skirting the edge of the sea to the mainland along the peninsula that houses the Sugar Loaf and a smaller hill, the Morro da Urca. Rua São Sebastião thus has some claim to be the oldest street in Rio.
Ryan Sagare | Oct 26, 2017
The Morro da Urca/Pão de Açucar (Sugarloaf) Hike is a great alternative to the cable cars. The Morro da Urca/Sugarloaf (Pão de Açucar) Hike starts at the beautiful idyllic beach, known as Praia Vermelho (the Red Beach). You begin hiking a short paved path along the base of Morro da Urca before you ascend the tree root staircase to the top of Morro da Urca. Along the path up you will have a great chance of seeing the buffy-tufted marmoset or white-eared marmoset. After about half an hour you will reach a mini plateau or saddle which offers you a beautiful view over Botafogo bay and Flamengo. The last 15 minutes take you to the top of Morro da Urca where you will have spectacular views over the entire city of Rio. You will continue our trip with a breath-taking cable car ride to the top of sugarloaf for even more panoramic and picturesque views. You have to buy your tickets before you hike to take advantage of the cable cars. You cannot buy them at the top. End your day with a classic appetizer and beverage on the Urca wall near Bar da Urca, a popular destination for locals taking in the sunset. Hike: Moderate Time: 1.5 hours round trip; 45 minutes with cable car
ania penangiana | Oct 19, 2017
Amazing view of the whole Rio. On a sunny day you can see even Cristo Redentor
leonardo Oliveira | Jul 2, 2018
Local é maravilhoso, o problema é a violência no entorno. Requer cuidado. Ir em grandes grupos ajuda um pouco. É bom pesquisar a melhor época para ir.
CCamila Cordeiro | Apr 28, 2018
Ótimo lugar,tranquilo e lindo! A trilha é bem fácil de subir pois fizeram várias alterações, como por exemplo, escadas de madeira. Demora uns 30 a 40 min subindo tranquilamente e é bom levar coisas de comer pq lá em cima é tudo muito caro! Na subida,tem um mirante a direita,antes da trilha é possível encontrar micos no caminho e eles adoram comida (se for dar alguma coisa, dê apenas frutas) Estudantes,idosos e menores de 21 anos pagam meia.Pra descer na trilha n paga e é fácil tmb.Uma vez desci em 15 minutos haha
Tuane Vicente | May 8, 2018
Simplesmente MARAVILHOSO!!!! Não dá vontade nem de ir embora. Fiquei encantada pela vista maravilhosa e pretendo retornar o mais breve possível. Tenho ainda que tirar muitas fotos lá rs.
felipe cavalcante | Aug 3, 2018
Vista linda dá pra subir pela trilha e de ser de bonde a partir das 20h sem custo
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