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Urca is one of the oldest areas in Rio. Known for its incredible views of the city, the neighbourhood runs along Guanabara bay, providing visitors with an opportunity to watch the sunset from one of Rio’s greatest natural treasures: Sugarloaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar). It is said that the locals in Urca are “bon vivant,” which is one of the reasons the area attracts people of all styles and ages. Urca is the perfect place to take a stroll and appreciate the area’s beautiful architecture, enjoy a cocktail and some delicious seafood pastries at a bar, or bring a bottle of wine and enjoy it while sitting anywhere along the stone seawall known as the “mureta.”
.......as the song goes. Certainly true about this place, in spades! I particularly enjoyed the view of the airport. Being an airplane nut, it was really cool to watch the traffic come and go. Then there are the beaches.
"Moderately difficult but extremely fun hike up to Sugarloaf Mountain"
reviewed 2 weeks ago by svobo036
My wife and I decided we wanted to hike rather than take the cable car up to Sugar Loaf Mountain. We were so glad we decided that! We stated on the eastern side of Copacabana so we walked all the way to the trail head. With Google Maps, it was easy to find. The trail starts with a paved trail...
Overall, Vermelha Beach aka the red beach is an underrated beach with amazing views and is another worthwhile place to visit for those in the area.
It is literally within walking distance of the Sugarloaf cable car, and could be a nice place to check out before or after going up the mountain.
Compared to more popular beaches like Copacabana...
I just LOVE Julius Brasserie. Almost to the point of not sharing any reviews so it doesn't become too crowded, haha.
Their food is delicious, the service is excellent and the atmosphere very pleasant. The apple pie is a must.