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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Rio de Janeiro Bike Tour: Flamengo Park, Sugarloaf and Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, null
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Rio de Janeiro Bike Tour: Flamengo Park, Sugarloaf and Copacabana Beach

Bicycle your way through Rio de Janeiro’s South Zone – Zona Sul – along easy, paved paths on this 3-hour morning tour with a friendly local ...  Read more

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

From USD $36.99
Small-Group Ultimate Bike Tour from Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Small-Group Ultimate Bike Tour from Rio de Janeiro

Take part in this bicycle based 7-hour tour of the South Zone and Old City of Rio de Janeiro. See popular beaches such as Copacabana and Ipanema before viewing ...  Read more

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

From USD $91.41
Rio City Bike Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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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 $55.00
Bike Tour of Lapa, Red Beach, Urca and Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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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 $73.00
Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Bike & ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 9

Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 11581 Reviews

Combine two of Rio's most popular tours on a full-day excursion packed with breathtaking views. In the morning, you'll enjoy a panoramic city tour and have the ...  Read more

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

From USD $150.29
Sugar Loaf Mountain Half-Day Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Full-day Tours
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Sugar Loaf Mountain Half-Day Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3043 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 $74.99
Small-Group Rio de Janeiro in a Day Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Half-day Tours
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Small-Group Rio de Janeiro in a Day Tour

3 star rating: Worth doing 36 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
Rio de Janeiro Shore Excursion: Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day ... 
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Rio de Janeiro Shore Excursion: Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 126 Reviews

Combine two of Rio's most popular tours on a full-day shore excursion packed with breathtaking views. Int he morning, you'll enjoy a panoramic city tour and ...  Read more

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

From USD $166.99
Guanabara Bay Cruise with Optional Seafood Lunch, Rio de Janeiro, Ports of Call Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 9

Guanabara Bay Cruise with Optional Seafood Lunch

4 star rating: Recommended 1071 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: 4-6 hours

From USD $59.99

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