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This neighborhood gets overlooked by tourists which makes it even more special. Grab a beer and some local food and walk over to the wall and watch the sunset over the bay. Urca... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2017
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Caracas, Venezuela
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136 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visit this place after the Sugarloaf attraction. We were trying to find a good place to eat a real Brazilian food and it was not a very good experience.

Thank Luis C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

This neighborhood gets overlooked by tourists which makes it even more special. Grab a beer and some local food and walk over to the wall and watch the sunset over the bay. Urca is gorgeous!

Thank Diggster
Stockholm, Sweden
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153 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Urca is a lovely little neighborhood. It feels like you are in a little fishing village even though you are in the middle of Rio de Janeiro. Grab a beer and some snacks and sit down on the wall next to the water and enjoy your evening. It's a very safe neighborhood.

Thank Andreas K
Perth, Australia
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991 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 363 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017

Shady quiet streets, nice beach, views of Sugarloaf & city & bayside walks makes this a worthwhile suburb to explore & linger

Thank Darrel J
Florianopolis, SC
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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

If you want to walk around safely and see a wonderful sunset you have to visit this area. It's one of the most safety place in Rio.

Thank AnaPaulaSH
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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474 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

We went to a little recommended bar here at Urca after Sugar Loaf. Its a nice quiet area with nice walking by thebay

Thank BomiPardiwalla
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481 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

Not a must see but we combined the walk (safe) around the bay with a visit to Sugarloaf and Praia Vermelha. Loads of fishermen dotted around the wall and couples strolling enjoying the views to Corcovado.

Thank boaster
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 18 January 2017

The view from coast towards a port with many touristic yachts is really nice and I personally love some bars and restaurants in the area. However, for me the main attraction is the famous URCA casino, after which URCA-process in astrophysics is named. It is partially restored, but some of it is still in the form of ruins with trees... More 

Thank Ivan S
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2017

How to start a review of a place that you love? Urca is a cozy neighborhood, a small town in the middle of a big city, surrounded by water and a huge rock in the middle, the famous Sugar Loaf. You feel safe here, because its a military site, with one entrance and exit. The houses are spectacular and its... More 

Thank brjader
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Reviewed 9 January 2017

Water here looked a little on the dark and dirty side compared to the ocean at Ipanema. Beware! There is a small beach just below the rocky point that separates the two beaches and this was relatively quiet and un crowded. Otherwise it is like being on an ant hill.

Thank BristolCharles

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Urca is one of the oldest areas in Rio. Known for its incredible views of the city, the neighbourhood runs along Guanabara bay, providing visitors with an opportunity to watch the sunset from one of Rio’s greatest natural treasures: Sugarloaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar). It is said that the locals in Urca are “bon vivant,” which is one of the reasons the area attracts people of all styles and ages. Urca is the perfect place to take a stroll and appreciate the area’s beautiful architecture, enjoy a cocktail and some delicious seafood pastries at a bar, or bring a bottle of wine and enjoy it while sitting anywhere along the stone seawall known as the “mureta.”
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