Rock climbing on MORRO DA URCA


Morro da Urca overview

The first stop of the cable car going to the Sugarloaf Mountain, Morro da Urca is a smaller peak that offers fantastic climbing options for beginners, climbers that are new to multi-pitch and those learning to lead climb. It is a very popular training ground, not only due to the quality and variety of its beginner-level routes, but also due to its stunning natural setting, easy access and gorgeous views that are a trademark of climbing in Rio de Janeiro


Urca, Rio de Janeiro


3-4 hours total


No experience required


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Rock climbing on Morro da Urca in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Planning your climb

Morro da Urca has two main climbing sectors, its South Side and its North Side. Both feature a variety of gently-inclined multi-pitch routes, ideal for new climbers. If it’s your first time climbing, your guide will teach you everything you will need to know for your climb

The South Face is quicker to access (10 minute walk from our meeting point) and features longer but easier routes. The North Face is more remote, requiring a 30 minute trail walk to get to the base of the climbs. Routes on the North Face are shorter than those on the South Face, however, some start more vertical and present an extra challenge!

All the routes end at the summit of Morro da Urca. If you would like, you can purchase a cable car ticket from there to continue on to the main Sugarloaf Mountain peak

You don’t need to worry about selecting a route at the time of booking. Your guide will help you decide on the day of your climb based on your interests and your experience

Key characteristics:
Grading up to V BR | 5 FR | 5.9 US
60 to 120 meters
10-30 minute approach
Return from summit by trail

None - first-time climbers welcome

Questions? Talk with a guide


What is included

Certified rock climbing guide

Collective rock climbing equipment (rope, quickdraws, slings, etc.)

What you should bring

Your individual rock climbing equipment (shoes, harness, helmet, belay/rappel device and accessories). You can rent from us if you don’t have your own

Water (1.5L per person) and snacks

Sunscreen and bug repellent

Backpack to carry your belongings and keep your hands and arms free. Hand bags and shoulder bags are not permitted

Wear outdoor shoes with good traction on rock. Flip-flops and casual sandals should be avoided

Where we meet

Angel Statue in the center of the Praça General Tibúrcio in the neighbourhood of Urca


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