1. Brazil
  2. Rio de Janeiro (state)
  3. Rio de Janeiro
  4. Sugarloaf Mountain

Lonely Planet Experiences: Sugarloaf Mountain and Urca Tour

Product ID: 95175
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Learn how to be an authentic local of Rio de Janeiro and experience the city on a sightseeing tour of the historic Urca neighborhood with an English-speaking local guide. Ride the cable car up Sugarloaf Mountain to get breathtaking views.
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Duration 4 hours
Starting time 1:30 PM
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  • Explore the lovely neighborhood of Urca where Rio de Janeiro was founded
  • Enjoy a refreshing beer at a local hotspot
  • Savor some delicious empadinhas from a local vendor
  • Ride the cable car up Sugarloaf Mountain and get an amazing view of Guanabara Bay
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Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience.

Discover where the city of Rio de Janeiro started on an amazing tour of the Urca neighborhood. Ride the subway with your guide to Botafogo to experience how the locals get around. Hop off at Urca Beach and stroll along the coast to a favorite hotspot at the Urca Wall. Grab a beer and taste some of the city's legendary stuffed empadinhas.

Stroll around the historic district and see some of the original houses. Head to Red Beach and stop at the Claudio Coutinho walking path that leads hikers to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain — don't worry; you’ll take the cable car up the mountain instead!

Break the journey at Urca Hill and get a breathtaking view of the Botafogo inlet down below. Proceed to the second cable car for another ride to reach the summit. Take some time to soak up the 360-degree views before coming back down to earth.
  • Local, English-speaking guide
  • Transportation
  • Cable car fee up Sugarloaf Mountain
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks

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Meeting point

Meet your guide next to the statue outside the Copacabana Palace Hotel, Avenida Atlântica, 1702, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro.

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Important information
Know before you go
• This is a small group tour of no more than 12 people
• If the cable car is not available at Sugarloaf Mountain for any reason, your entrance fee will be refunded
• Wear light, comfortable clothes for walking
• Bring a hat and sunscreen
• This is a child-friendly tour. Children under 6 years old are welcome to join

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Product ID: 95175