Scramble the Sugarloaf in Rio de Janeiro

Take the adventurous path up Rio's most iconic peak, before descending in the famous cable car. 0.5 day.

1 Day

Tackle the beginner-friendly east slope of Rio’s Sugarloaf mountain with a combination of scrambling and rock climbing. Enjoy the cities most famous view and then ride back down on its iconic cable car.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • Fully trained, English speaking guides
  • All safety equipment, including helmets and harnesses
  • Free descent on the cable car

Perfect for: Active travellers willing to earn one of Rio’s most iconic views.

Need To Know

No previous climbing experience is required as you’ll receive a full briefing. We would recommend that you are relatively fit and active to enjoy the trip.

The weather in Rio is generally hot and sunny, with temperatures all year round between 25°C and 35°C. December to March is summer, although it does rain more so there is a slightly higher chance of the trip being unable to go ahead. The weather is very warm and pleasant all year round.

Please note that this trip is weather dependent. If you are unable to climb due to wind or rain you will be able to choose an alternative date or receive a full refund.

Of course! The group size is from one person up to six, so if other travellers have booked on the trip too you’ll be in a small group.

The only extra costs are travel to and from the meeting point at Praia da Urca, an easy taxi ride or subway journey from anywhere in Rio.

Appropriate hiking shoes and comfortable clothes, suitable for climbing. The sun can be very hot, so a hat and sunscreen are also recommended. You’ll also need to bring plenty of water and any snacks you might want.

  • Fully trained, English speaking guides
  • All safety equipment
  • A ticket on the cable car back down

There are direct flights to Rio de Janeiro with British Airways, as well as a wide choice of indirect flights via São Paulo and Europe.

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Set around Guanabara Bay and known as the Cidade Maravilhosa, or ‘Marvellous City’, Rio de Janeiro is an unforgettable mix of golden beaches, forested mountains and favelas scattered amongst upmarket neighbourhoods. As well as its famous beaches like Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana, the city is also the birthplace of Samba and home to a thriving nightlife. The sheer granite walls of Sugarloaf Mountain rise 1300 feet above the water and mark the entrance to the bay, making it the perfect viewpoint to survey the entire city.

Start point?

You’ll meet on the beach at Praia da Urca, between 13:00 and 15:00 depending on the weather. You’ll be told in advance when you need to meet.

Finish point?

You’ll return to the beach at Praia da Urca after taking the cable car back down.

Getting there and away

Praia da Urca is an easy taxi ride from most places in South Rio.

What to Expect

Scramble, Climb and Views

Meet your guide on the beach at Praia Vermelha, situated at the foot of the imposing Sugarloaf Mountain.

After a briefing, scramble up a steep, un-roped section of trail with your experienced guide on hand for advice. Take a breath and enjoy panoramic views of the city, Guanabara Bay and the Atlantic Ocean beyond.

Time to get climbing. Put on your safety harness and climb fifteen metres up the east slope. This section is of moderate difficulty and a good chance to get a taste of the sport.

Repack the equipment and hike to the famous Philosopher’s Rock for the first glimpse of Copacabana Beach and Pedra da Gavea, also known as the ‘Rock Giant’, one of the world’s highest coastal peaks.

From there you’ll continue on to the summit for unbeatable views of the city.

Take the easy way back down on the cable car to Morro da Urca station. Walk down the trail for 15 minutes back to the golden sands of Praia Vermelha.

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