Sugarloaf Mountain and Urca Discovery Tour: Tap in to the Carioca lifestyle on this tour that shows you how to go around Rio like a real local! Go back to where it all began in Urca and later catapult up to the top of the city.
* Feast out on the delicious local delicacies of this pretty city
* Ride on the famous cable car from Praia Vermelha up to Urca Hill
* Get the best views in town from way up high at Sugarloaf Mountain
Find out all about Urca, the wonderful neighbourhood where Rio de Janeiro started out from. You’ll stroll around the cosy and sweet streets in this serene little area that just also happens to be where Rio de Janeiro was officially founded as a city. In order to reach this area of town, we’ll have to take the subway to Botafogo. You can experience how locals get around town while also getting a quick introduction to the city which is ideal if this is your first time in Rio.
Hopping off at Urca beach, we’ll wander along the coast to one of the locals’ favourite hot spots in town! The Urca wall or as the Cariocas call it, the “mureta da Urca. ” The Cariocas love to kick back with a beer there and you will too! You’ll also get to take a nibble out of the excellent empadinhas (mini pasties) from a traditional spot. Once we’re had our fill of beers and such, we’ll wind our way along the alleys to Urca’s first ever houses.
Then, it’s time to head to the Red Beach for a must-stop at the Claudio Coutinho walking path. This path leads many a hiker to the very top of Sugarloaf Mountain but fear not as we won’t need to pull out our hiking boots any time soon! In fact we’ll take the cable car up there instead. On our journey to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, we’ll stop off first at Urca Hill, where you’ll get your first breath-taking moment looking at the beautiful Botafogo beaming right below us.
Carry on up to the top on the second cable car ride all the way up to the Sugarloaf summit where you’ll be treated to stunning views across Guanabara Bay, Copacabana and of course the city centre. This is the perfect finale to the tour as the stunning 360-degree view will show you why Rio is known as “The Marvellous City”.
Duration: Approx. 4 hours.
Start/opening time: At 1.30pm.
Includes: Sugarloaf Mountain cable car.
Excludes: Food, drinks, souvenirs, tips and personal shopping expenses.