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Squeezed on a curved slice of land at the foot of Sugar Loaf Mountain and its shorter, wider companion at the other end of the cable car, tiny Urca remains one of Rio’s most unique neighborhoods in that it has retained its intimate feel and close-knit character for decades, despite rapid and unrestrained development in other sections of the city. Facing west across an inlet of Guanabara Bay and overlooking the stately districts of Botafogo and Flamengo, Urca is home to several restaurants and bars that make the trip from other parts of town worthwhile if only for the ambiance.

The site of a Portuguese fort erected in 1565 to fend off the nascent city from French colonial ambitions, Urca developed as a neighborhood much more recently. In the 1920s, the amount of buildable land in the area was expanded with landfill and the first housing developments sprung up. By the end of the decade, the district was a thriving commercial and residential community with its own casino, built to compete against the luxe but barely-accessible Copacabana Palace Hotel. Much of the architecture in the area reflects the development of the 30s and 40s, with a mix of faux Spanish and Tudor-style stucco houses and apartment buildings that render the entire neighborhood a historical treasure.

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Small-Group Guided Highlights of Rio Day Trip, Rio de Janeiro, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Small-Group Guided Highlights of Rio Day Trip

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

You’ll see every one of the Marvelous City’s highlights, from the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue to the colorful Selaron Staircase. You’ll also explore ...  Read more

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

From USD $119.00
Guanabara Bay Cruise with Optional Barbecue Lunch, Rio de Janeiro, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Guanabara Bay Cruise with Optional Barbecue Lunch

4 star rating: Recommended 70 Reviews

Spend half a day sailing on Guanabara Bay, for the most beautiful views of Rio de Janeiro with Sugar Loaf Mountain towering in the distance. Pass the bay's ...  Read more

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

From USD $59.00
Sugar Loaf Mountain Half-Day Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Day Cruises
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Sugar Loaf Mountain Half-Day Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 193 Reviews

Spend the morning at Sugar Loaf Mountain, one of Rio de Janeiro's most famous icons. You'll take a breathtaking ride in a cable car to the top of the Sugar ...  Read more

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

From USD $44.00
Full-Day Custom Private Tour of Rio With Pickup and Drop-Off, Rio de Janeiro, Half-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Full-Day Custom Private Tour of Rio With Pickup and Drop-Off

8-hour fully customized tour of Rio with a private local guide. Have private transportation at your disposal to take you to all the sites you want to see in ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $200.00
Small-Group Ultimate Bike Tour from Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Custom Private Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Small-Group Ultimate Bike Tour from Rio de Janeiro

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

See Rio by bike on this 7-hour tour of the South Zone and Old City of Rio de Janeiro. With a small group, see popular beaches such as Copacabana and Ipanema ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $94.97
6-Hour Rio Highlights Private Tour With Pickup and Drop-off, Rio de Janeiro, Bike & Mountain Bike ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

6-Hour Rio Highlights Private Tour With Pickup and Drop-off

Take a 6-hour, private tour to the main highlights of Rio with a private local guide. Ideal for those who have limited time in Rio, see Christ the Redeemer ...  Read more

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

From USD $186.67
Rio City Bike Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Rio City Bike Tour

The Rio City guided bike tour takes you to numerous natural and historical attractions in Rio de Janeiro. This tour is ideal for those who want to see most of ...  Read more

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

From USD $55.99
Bike Tour of Lapa Red Beach Urca and Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Bike Tour of Lapa Red Beach Urca and Botafogo

Start your tour in Copacabana, one of the most famous beaches in the world. Visit the beachfront neighborhood of Botafogo and Urca, an upscale neighborhood ...  Read more

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

From USD $59.00
3 AND A HALF HOURS PRIVATE TOUR SUNSET AT SUGARLOAF, Rio de Janeiro, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

3 AND A HALF HOURS PRIVATE TOUR SUNSET AT SUGARLOAF

Will take you to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain for sunset in less than 4 hours; The tour is conducted at your pace; You'll be able to see the sunset from ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $240.00
Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Private ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 9

Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 572 Reviews

Take a panoramic city tour, travel to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and visit the Christ the Redeemer statue on this full-day comprehensive tour of Rio's most ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.00

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