The Pão de Açucar (Sugar Loaf) mountain, stands 396 meters (1300 feet) tall, and is one of Rio`s most famous post cards. Most travelers access the summit through the cable car, in operation since 1912. In this tour, we give travelers the chance to visit the summit taking a much more alternative way.
Sugar Loaf Mountaineering Tour – Program
Our Sugar Loaf Mountaineering Tour mixes hiking and a bit of rock climbing as well. The main difference between a normal hiking trip and mountaineering, is the fact that the second one uses climbing techniques and gear, at some point during the hike. To reach the summit, travelers will have to go through a steep trail, for at least 90 minutes .The use of climbing gear is needed on a 10 meters (33 feet) wall. But no worries, it is not a difficult climb and beginners are welcome. And once we reach the summit, travelers will have a surprising view of the city. There are plenty of places to eat up there, as well as easy access to restrooms and a free ride in the cable car on the way down to Urca mountain. Unlike most of the trails in Rio, the Sugar Loaf Trail does not have as many trees and vegetation along the way, so a sun block and a cap or hat are very important in sunny days.
Around 04 hours, with a 2 hours hike.
From 02 to 12 people
We meet customers daily, under request, at 07:00 am or at 02:00 pm ( between may and october) and at 3:00 pm ( between november and april)
Guiding services and equipment rentals.
Please note that this tour does not offer transportation included in the price, due to the difficulty of finding a parking spot near the beginning of the trail in Urca neighborhood. Customers must meet the guide in front of Santander bank, in Urca neighbhood, by Praia Vermelha ( Red Beach) . Taxi is the best type of transportation to get there. Uber is also a good choice.
Moderate hike with basic climb
Wear good walking or hiking shoes, take a small backpack with plenty of water or other drinks, wear comfortable clothes, wear a cap and sun block on sunny days.
How to Book :
Please click on the BOOK NOW button at the top right of this page, and fill out the booking form. Please read and agree with our terms and conditions, then pay the R$79,00 deposit . Choose an available date. We usually need at least 48 hs in advance, in order to provide this tour. In case the chosen date does not appear on our booking calendar, please send us an e-mail requesting availability. Remainder is always paid in cash to the guide, at the start of the tour. For full payment requests , we use Paypal with a 7% surcharge.
Meeting point for departures:
Once your payment is confirmed for this activity you should meet us in this address at the day and time specified:
Praça General Tiburcio, Urca, RJ
([General Tiburcio square] in front of the statue in the middle of the square, on Pasteur Avenue, in Urca neighborhood. About 100 meters from Sugar Loaf station. Please note that Google Maps does not recognize a statue as a point of reference, so customers will have to meet the guide right in front of the statue and not by the road where the red mark is.)
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