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Hike the Sugar Loaf with a professional

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Experience hosted by Gabriel

4 hours
Includes tickets, equipment
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English, Spanish, Portuguese

What you'll do

Forget about the cable car to get at the top of Sugar Loaf. This is the best way to experience this unique mountain! You'll remember forever!

We will meet at General Tiburcio Square, in Urca, near Praia Vermelha. From there we start the walk along the famous Cláudio Coutinho lane, which borders the entire south face of the Urca and Pão de Açúcar hills. It is about 1.25 km of asphalt until the trail begins. From there the walk is steeper, past rocky coastlines and belvederes that allow a stunning view of the Guanabara Bay.

In the middle of the way we come across a vertical rocky stretch (around 15m), where we will use climbing equipment to pass. After that, a walk through the vegetation leads us to the top of the mountain, from where we will rest enjoying a magnificent sunset as a reward!

The descent of Sugar Loaf is made by the cable car towards Morro da Urca. There, we will walk for about 20 minutes to return to the Cláudio Coutinho lane, where our tour ends.

Obs: This activity depends on good weather conditions. If there is a possibility of rain, the experience can have its schedule modified or, still, have your day rebooked without additional cost.

Obs2: In case of impossibility (medical or technical) on my part (Gabriel), another Professional Guide will be suggested, as well as the approval of the guest(s), maintaining the level of safety and quality of the expe
Other things to note
Important to carry water (1.5 L), light food (fruit, cereal bars, sandwiches), camera, repellent, sunscreen and good shoes.

No climbing experience is required!
Forget about the cable car to get at the top of Sugar Loaf. This is the best way to experience this unique mountain! You'll remember forever!

We will meet at General Tiburcio Square, in Urca, near Praia Vermelha. From there we start the walk along the famous Cláudio Coutinho lane, which borders the entire south face of the Urca and Pão de Açúcar hills. It is about 1.25 km of asphalt until the trail begins. From there the walk is steepe…

Gabriel's commitment to safety

This host has committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines – including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practising good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.
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What's included

  • Tickets
    Free descent from Sugar Loaf to Morro da Urca by Cable Car.
  • Equipment
    AGUIPERJ Certified Guide;
    Helmet and Rope;
    Essential equipment fo...
From £27
/ person
Wed, 20 Jan
07:00 - 11:00
£36 per person
£36 per person
Wed, 20 Jan
14:00 - 18:00
£27 per person
£27 per person
Thu, 21 Jan
07:00 - 11:00
£36 per person
£36 per person

Meet your host, Gabriel

Host on Airbnb since 2015
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Born in the city of Rio de Janeiro, I am passionate about trips and outdoor activities. I have been a climber for 14 years and I'm also a climbing guide/instructor certified by AGUIPERJ (Rio's professional guides federation). Besides that, I have WAFA training (first aid). I have the sport as a lifestyle, and I love to give this experience to all who are willing to live it!
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Where you'll be

Urca: One of the most quiet and iconic neighborhoods in the city
Praia Vermelha: A charming red sand beach located between Morro da Urca and Morro da Babilônia.

Natural Monument of Morros do Pão de Açúcar and Urca: Environmental protection area maintained by the prefecture and the Brazilian Army.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 208 reviews.

Krystian
January 2021
Gabriel is the best guide I've ever met! Very intelligent and friendly. He has a lot of knowledge and very good contact with tourists. Choosing a trip with Gabriel, you can be 100% sure of your safety and nice atmosphere !! Krystian
Rafael
December 2020
Amazing experience.. dont think twice and book it.!!! Bring enough water with you and enjoy the unique and amazing views you really cant get from anywhere else!!!🌴🌴🌴🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🙏🙏🙏
Elija
November 2020
That was just an amazing experience- you could not do this alone without Gabriel securing you with the rope. It was a very safe hike and it was not really difficult at all. Can fully recommend to do this and hike up the sugarloaf mountain 🏔🤘🏽☺️
That was just an amazing experience- you could not do this alone without Gabriel securing you with the rope. It was a very safe hike and it was not really difficult at all. Can ful…
Dariana
October 2020
Gabriel is amazing. He is super experienced! I loved this experience so much I would highly recommend it to anyone new or familiar with Rio. I will definitely be doing this hike again!
Maurice
March 2020
If you are somewhat fit, this is THE way to be introduced to the Sugarloaf. Gabriel was excellent. Perfect knowledge of English, knowledgeable, caring, patient (with us, novice rock climbers) and thoroughly enjoyable company. We highly recommend him for a once in a lifetime experience.
If you are somewhat fit, this is THE way to be introduced to the Sugarloaf. Gabriel was excellent. Perfect knowledge of English, knowledgeable, caring, patient (with us, novice roc…
Michael
February 2020
Gabriel was a brilliant host and this experience will result in memories for a lifetime. Everyone can take a cablecar, but who can say you’ve climbed Sugarloaf Mountain? Gabriel is extremely professional and made sure everyone was comfortable. He motivated us but also ensured we got breaks. Hope to do another tour with him, highly recommended!
Gabriel was a brilliant host and this experience will result in memories for a lifetime. Everyone can take a cablecar, but who can say you’ve climbed Sugarloaf Mountain? Gabriel is…

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  • Wed, 20 Jan
    07:00 - 11:00
    £36 per person
  • Wed, 20 Jan
    14:00 - 18:00
    £27 per person
  • Thu, 21 Jan
    07:00 - 11:00
    £36 per person
  • Thu, 21 Jan
    14:00 - 18:00
    £27 per person
  • Fri, 22 Jan
    07:00 - 11:00
    £36 per person
  • Fri, 22 Jan
    14:00 - 18:00
    £27 per person
  • Sat, 23 Jan
    07:00 - 11:00
    £36 per person
  • Sat, 23 Jan
    14:00 - 18:00
    £27 per person

Activity advisory

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Know your comfort level
Please note that outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 12 and up can attend.

What to bring

Water (1 liter per person)

Fruits, snacks