Sitting in the shadow of big brother and Rio de Janeiro icon, Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Morro da Urca is just as important if only because the cable car trip up to Sugar Loaf includes a stop atop this turtle shell-shaped rock. Not to be outdone by its better-known neighbor, the 720-foot hill, a little more than half Sugar Loaf’s height of 1,300 feet, still offers spectacular panoramic views of Christ the Redeemer and Corcovado, Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, Guanabara Bay, downtown Rio, and Sugar Loaf itself (something you can’t see when you’re actually on it).

At the top of the Morro da Urca, the visitors’ center provides elevators for special needs guests, restrooms, and souvenir and food concessions. Hiking trails skirt the Morro, starting at Praia Vermelho, but one of the most exhilarating options available, if not exactly popular or cheap, is a helicopter ride around Sugar Loaf and over nearby Copacabana. Make sure to plan your visit on a cloudless day, or you might be squinting into the cumulus. Also, don’t forget the Morro’s namesake, the tiny and historic district of Urca, sits squeezed between the mountains and the bay, offering restaurants and bars with gorgeous views of the water and an intoxicating tropical ambiance.

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Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Sugar Loaf in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, null
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Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Sugar Loaf in Rio de Janeiro

1 star rating: I do not recommend this 4 Reviews

Be among the first to stand at the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain without the hordes of visitors on this morning Rio de Janeiro tour — a Viator Exclusive that ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.99
Private Tour: Sugar Loaf with Copacabana Fort and Arpoador, Rio de Janeiro, Half-day Tours
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Private Tour: Sugar Loaf with Copacabana Fort and Arpoador

Explore Sugar Loaf on this private tour and enjoy one of the most stunning views of the city. Continue your trip along the coast through Leme and Copacabana, ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $147.00
Full Day Rio de Janeiro Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Full Day Rio de Janeiro Tour

On the tour you will visit the main attractions of Rio de Janeiro and enjoy some magnificent places internationally recognized for their natural beauty and ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $187.00
Sugar Loaf Mountain Hiking and Climbing, Rio de Janeiro, Full-day Tours
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Sugar Loaf Mountain Hiking and Climbing

This Sugar Loaf Mountain hiking and climbing tour is an unforgettable adventure, and a great opportunity for those who have never climbed to have their first ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $122.50
Rio de Janeiro in One Day City Tour Including Lunch, Rio de Janeiro, Hiking & Camping
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Rio de Janeiro in One Day City Tour Including Lunch

4 star rating: Recommended 32 Reviews

Enjoy a full-day, guided city tour of Rio de Janeiro in which you'll visit all the main attractions including Corcovado, Sugar Loaf, Maracana Stadium, ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $140.00
Morro da Urca Hiking Tour with Sugar Loaf Cable Car, Rio de Janeiro, City Tours
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Morro da Urca Hiking Tour with Sugar Loaf Cable Car

Morro da Urca hiking is the most authentic option when visiting the Sugar Loaf in Rio de Janeiro. It's easy to see the presence of monkeys while hiking through ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $47.50
Private Tour: Hiking Pedra Bonita and Morro da Urca, Rio de Janeiro, Hiking & Camping
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Private Tour: Hiking Pedra Bonita and Morro da Urca

Enjoy a private tour in which you'll have a wonderful time hiking to two incredible mountains in Rio de Janeiro: Pedra Bonita and Morro da Urca (Sugar Loaf ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: Flexible

From USD $200.00
Sugar Loaf Hike and Climb, Rio de Janeiro, Hiking & Camping
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Sugar Loaf Hike and Climb

Enjoy an adventure tour in Rio de Janeiro, as you visit the famous landmark of Sugar Loaf. Take a half-mile (10m) hike up through the forest to the summit. ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.00
Small-Group Rio de Janeiro in a Day Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Climbing
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Small-Group Rio de Janeiro in a Day Tour

3 star rating: Worth doing 18 Reviews

Enjoy a tour in Rio de Janeiro's most iconic attractions and visit Corcovado and Sugar Loaf on the same day and the best time for you. We will take your also ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.00
Half Day Tour: Sugar Loaf, Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon Beaches, Rio de Janeiro, Half-day Tours
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Half Day Tour: Sugar Loaf, Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon Beaches

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

Enjoy an afternoon in Rio de Janeiro visiting the iconic Sugar Loaf and a panoramic tour of the beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon. The tour includes ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.50

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