We went for a long walk in Rio and ended up in the Urca Neighbourhood. A place with great historical significance because it was here where Estácio de Sá in the middle of the 16th century founded Rio de Janeiro.
Urca is one of the smallest neighbourhoods of Rio, but home of three hills (Morro da Urca, Morro Pão de Açúcar, and Morro Cara de Cao) and three beaches (Praia de Urca, Praia de Fora, and Praia Vermelha). We passed a small yacht harbour on our walk, and also enjoyed the views over the Bay of Botafogo and the 13 km long Niteroi Bridge, which connects the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Niteroi. It was a nice walk, and I found Urca to be a quiet and beautiful area of Rio.
Urca is a naturally lush and beautiful residential neighborhood in Rio that sometimes goes unnoticed. It's only a 10 minute cab ride from Copacabana and it should cost you about $10-15. Urca is located below Sugarloaf and it is full of old houses with overgrown foliage, local people, restaurants, little corner shops selling typical Brazilian snacks, old churches, etc. Situated along the shore of Guanabara Bay, it is totally walkable in two hours. There is a beach and areas to fish. Take in the local culture and spend an afternoon there. It's a nice relaxing, quiet refuge from the hustle and bustle of Copa.
OK, to view sunset over the horizon in Brazil is a nearly impossible task... but I found a place up north for it. More of that later...
But elsewhere in Brazil, you can only settle for sunset behind some buildings or, in Rio de Janeiro's case, some mountains.
Urca is a peninsula that juts out on the extreme east of Rio de Janeiro where the famous and magnificent Sugar Loaf Mountain sits.
On the western side, there is a coastline with boats and some residential houses. Now, head there in the evening and turn back and face Corcovado.
There, you will see the lovely orange background silhouetting the other famous mountain of Rio de Janeiro with Christ Redeemer.
I only barely made my way into Urca when I visited Sugarloaf mountain. The area was built on a landfill in the 1920s so most of the buildings here are of a newer style. Some of Rio's best Art Deco structures can be found here including a modern casino called Casino da Urca. The views from Urca back across to downtown Rio are great. The bay is called Guanabara Bay. You can reach Sugarloaf from Avenida Pasteur. The first hill you come to on your way up to Sugarloaf (by cable car) is called Morro da Urca where there is a great ampitheater and restaurant, which was once one of the best nightspots in the city.
This beach is in Urca, near the Pão de Açucar. It gets its name from the reddish color of the sand. I saw part of a pick up soccer game between a group of boys on the beach.
Lugar legal para passear e com uma linda vista da baia da guanabara, um lindo por sol tambem
Nice place to hang out, with a beautifull view of Guanabara bay, it has a great sunset sight
PISTA CLAUDIO COUTINHO
There are several trails which start here to go to Morro da Urca And Sugar Loaf Mountain.