Rock climbing on Morro da Urca


Morro da Urca Overview

2 people: R$220/person
1 person: R$280

Location: Urca, Rio de Janeiro
Duration: 3-4 hours
Climbing ability: First-time to beginner
Fitness demand: Moderate

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

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

Planning your climb on Morro da Urca

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

One person: R$280
Two people: R$220 per person
Maximum participant to guide ratio is 2:1
All reservations are private - your guide will be exclusive to you

Availability and booking

Rock climbing on Morro da Urca can be booked any day of the week, subject to our guide availability. Please use our booking system to check our availability

Start times shown in the booking system are carefully chosen to optimize the climbing experience (e.g., climb when the route is in the shade or the temperatures are at their lowest). If you would like to start your climb at a time that is different from what is offered in the booking system, please contact us to discuss the possibility

What is included

Certified rock climbing guide

Collective rock climbing equipment: rope, quickdraws and anchor building equipment

What you should bring

Your individual rock climbing equipment: rock shoes, harness, helmet, belay/rappel device and accessories. You can borrow from us if you don’t have your own set or are missing an item. Please indicate any equipment needs in the booking form

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



Keep these in mind

Participant responsibilities

You are an equal partner in the safety and success of your climbing experience. Ensure that you read and understand your responsibilities as a participant

Assumption of risk

It is impossible to eliminate all risks associated with climbing. Our goal is to minimize your risk, but ultimately you must assume full responsibility for your participation. Ensure that you read and understand our assumption of risk terms

Cancellation and rescheduling policy

Read our cancellation and rescheduling policy to understand what happens if you need to change your plans or if the conditions on the reserved day are not suitable for your chosen activity


Secure online booking

Booking is easy. Our availability is reflected live in the system. Making your booking will secure your date and you can contact us at any time to ask questions, discuss options and finalize details!

Interested in expanding your skills to take on bigger adventures? Check out our extensive range of outdoor rock climbing courses in Rio de Janeiro