Hiking on Sugarloaf Mountain


Sugarloaf Overview

2+ people: R$160/person
1 person: R$240

Location: Urca, Rio de Janeiro
Duration: 4 hours total
Fitness demand: Moderate to heavy
No experience required

Discover the Costao trail, the original route to the summit of the Sugarloaf Mountain! This steep trail is one of the most incredible hikes in the city and few visitors know about it - most assume that the only way to the top is by cable car. Although the trail features a vertical pitch of rock climbing, it does not require prior climbing experience. With the help of safety gear and our guides, you can conquer this challenge and continue to the top of Rio’s famous Sugarloaf Mountain. This is a classic Carioca experience not to be missed!

Pedra Filosofal on the Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Hiking Sugarloaf Mountain

The ascent to the top of Sugarloaf consists of steep trail hiking, easy rock "scrambles" and a vertical pitch of rock climbing. Throughout the hike, we enjoy magnificent views stretching over the Guanabara Bay and the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. We also get off the trail occasionally to enjoy breaks at the best lookout points! These views are only for those that climb!

Although the trail is strenuous, prior hiking or rock climbing experience is not required. Our guides always lead at a pace that is suitable for all participants. Once at the vertical portion of the trail, we use full safety equipment, including a rope and harnesses, to climb up the section with safety and confidence. Furthermore, our guides always stay close and give lots of climbing tips!

It takes about two to three hours to reach the summit. After enjoying some time at the top of Sugarloaf, we take the charming cable car to the smaller peak Morro da Urca and from there, an easy forest trail to return to our starting point

One person: R$240
Two or more: R$160 per person
Maximum guide to participant ratio is 1:6
All reservations are private - your guide will be exclusive to you and your group

Availability and booking

Hiking on Sugarloaf 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 hiking experience (e.g., hike when the trail is in the shade or the temperatures are at their lowest). If you would like to start your hike 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 mountain guide

All safety equipment including rope, harnesses and helmets

Return from Sugarloaf to Morro da Urca by cable car (from Morro da Urca we descend by trail)

What you should bring

Water (1.5L per person) and snacks

Sunscreen and bug repellent

Backpack - it’s important to keep your hands free. Hand bags and shoulder bags should be avoided

Wear walking, hiking or running shoes with good traction on rock. Flip-flops and casual sandals are not permitted on the hike

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 mountain experience. Ensure that you read and understand your responsibilities as a participant

Assumption of risk

It is impossible to eliminate all risks associated with mountain activities. 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