Climbing in Rio

Rio is the biggest urban climbing centre in the world, with more than 500 routes for all levels, styles and tastes. Follows down descriptions, access maps, topos and information of the most popular climbing spots and options.

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Urca

Urca district is the biggest and most traditional climbing area in Brazil. It rocks offers routes for all levels. Besides the Sugar Loaf we can appreciate the landscape of the city, Corcovado with Christ the Redeemer and Guanabara Bay.

Babilônia (short) – early morning or late afternoon

The hill of Babilônia is the most popular climbing area in Rio. Good option for short climbs for beginners and intermediate climbers due to the easy access and difficulty that varies from 3rd to 6th at Brazilian grade system (US 5.7/ 5.8, FRA 4c/ 5a). On this Hill are predominant small ledges and slabs, requiring lot of footwork and endurance from the legs and calves. Nice view of the Sugar Loaf. To access the climbing area is necessary to register at the cable car facility and leave any photo ID.

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  • View of Urca from hill of Babilônia

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    View of Urca from hill of Babilônia

Italianos (short or long) –early  morning

This is the most classic climb in Rio and follows a beautiful line of 100m at the west face of the mountain below the cable car. Small ledges are predominant and demand good balance and footwork. First, aid climbed by Italians in 1975, then re-equipped in 1981 by Brazilians as a free climb. At the end of this route you can choose to abseil (short) or climbing a variation or a ferrata route more 160m to the summit (long). We also offer the option of climbing the west face from the base trough the ferrata for less experienced climbers. From the top, climbers have the privilege of descending by the cable car to the hill of Urca free of charge. The Italians route is graded as Brazilian 5th (US 5.9/ 5.10a, 5c/ FRA 5c+) and the variation as 4th+ (US 5.8/5.9, FRA 5b).

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  • Sugar Loaf – Italianos

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    Sugar Loaf - Italianos

Coringa (short or long) – afternoon

Nice route in the south face of Sugar loaf. It is the best option in this mountain for less experienced climbers. The route is 110m, 2 pitches, of 3rd Brazilian grade (US 5.8, FRA 5a) with small ledges and slabs, demanding balance and footwork. In the end we reach the regular route on the east face and we have the option of extending the climb scrambling its last 300m to the summit (long). The regular route, popularly know as Costão, is the easiest climb on the mountain and a good option the reach the top in a natural way appreciating the view. For first time climbers, with safety equipment and support of guides, is also a great challenge that brings indescribable sense of achievement.

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  • Sugar Loaf - Coringa

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    Sugar Loaf – Coringa

Stop Chimney (long)

Stop Chimney was the second climbing route set on the Sugar Loaf in 1944, more than 100 years after the regular route. Due to the limitations of that time most climbs followed systems of body cracks and Stop wasn’t different. The climb is 240m trough the great crack behind the “totem”, the monolith located on the south face of the mountain, really an adventure! The grade is very accessible (BRA 3+, US 5.6, FRA 4c) however demands a lot of endurance from the climbers and is not recommended for people with claustrophobia (fear of confined spaces). Long pants or knee pads are highly recommended.

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  • Sugar Loaf – Stop Chimney

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    Sugar Loaf – Chimney Stop