Urca

Urca feels like a small village without straying far from Centro Rio.

Casual enough for everyday Cariocas (Rio’s native residents) and cool enough for celebrities to call home, Urca tenderly finds its way into the hearts of its inhabitants. Gracefully weathered hulls of handcrafted skiffs bob atop Urca’s placid waters, and leisure strollers are greeted with breathtaking views of Sugarloaf Mountain from its boardwalk. Revered for its small village feel and center city proximity, the neighborhood boasts the best of urban living coupled with suburban-style serenity.

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On the Map

Urca is bordered by Leme, Copacabana, and Botafogo

Galeão International Airport: 30 minutes by cab without traffic
Santos Dumont Domestic Airport: 12 minutes by cab without traffic
Ipanema Beach: 17 minutes by cab or 50 minutes by bus
Lapa: 18 minutes by cab or 50 minute by bus
Corcovado's Train Station: 13 minutes by cab or 45 minutes by bus

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Easy

Oceanside Isolation Near The Center of The City

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Nestled between the foot of two mountains, Urca feels like an island oasis away from the city's clamor.

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The city's center remains in plain sight, a constant reminder that you're never too far from towering urbanity.

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In Urca, urbanity is appreciated, but nature is revered.

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Urca is where the Atlantic Ocean meets Guanabara Bay, and their intersection is cause for seaside celebration.

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Urca is a traditional and wealthy residential neighborhood...Although most of the neighborhood dates from the 1920s, parts of it are much older. What is now called the Forte São João is where the first Portuguese settlement in Rio was founded by Estácio de Sá on March 1st 1565."

Safe from the City's Commotion

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Urca is excluded from most of the city's clatter.

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The neighborhood is home to three military academies, and their extensive infrastructure leaves little room for alternative communities–Urca is one of the few neighborhoods without a favela.

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Urca fills its open spaces with quiet activity and daytime recreation.

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Dining and Drinking Where the Ocean Meets the Bay

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Although Urca feels removed, it doesn't feel remote.

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With the sea spreading forth until the curve of the earth, nature's splendor attracts attention.

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In Urca, the day traditionally ends with a cold beer, warm conversation, and an epic sunset.

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Located at the feet of Sugar Loaf mountain, Urca is easily the most charming neighborhood in Rio. In this small, bucolic village, the main attraction is the "mureta", a sinuous promenade that contours the neighborhood, overlooking the Guanabara Bay and providing fantastic views of the city. Here, fishermen rub shoulders with the many local artists and émigrés who have chosen Urca as their home."

The Way to Sugarloaf Mountain

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Urca is the entrance to Sugarloaf Mountain. Catch the gondola to the top of Rio's iconic landmass, and see the city from new perspectives.

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RiodeJaneiro Urca AdrianaOzorio

Urca's residents are hardly bothered by the neighborhood's numerous tourists. When it comes to Rio, they only have one thing on their mind.

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Urca is centrally located and close to everything in Zona Sul. Within a bus stop or a short walk, you can see the famous Sugar Loaf and Yacht Club."

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Adriana Ozorio

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Born in Porto Alegre, Adriana currently calls Rio de Janeiro home. With a passion for portrait, fashion and architecture photography, she’s proud to be a longtime Airbnb photographer, and enjoyed the opportunity to share a few different views from Rio.