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Rock Climbing in Rio de Janeiro

The hills that surround the city offer a wide range of rock climbing routes of varying difficulties

Rock Climbing
Rock Climbing

There's no better place for rock climbing than Rio's lofty mountains along the coast. They are so diverse that no matter what your skills are you'll find a place to improve them. The Urca neighbourhood is very popular among climbers because of the numerous routes of various difficulty. There are multiple routes with anchors already installed in the rocks for sports climbing if you're not so experienced. If you have skills and experience, there are even more possibilities​. For example on the north face of Sugarloaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar), one of Rio's main attractions. Or the south face of Corcovado Mountain, which is one the most difficult. Then there's Pedra da Gávea where you can try a horizontal climb across the top of the mountain. The​re are plenty climbing schools and instructors that will help you to try out all of it.

Practical info

When is the most suitable time of the year to go rock climbing in Rio de Janeiro?

Rock climbing in Rio de Janeiro is best enjoyed during the cooler months between June and September when the incidence of rain is lower. Before embarking on your climb, be sure to check the weather forecast to ensure that it's safe. Show more

What are some of the desirable rock climbing hotspots in Rio de Janeiro?

Rio de Janeiro's rock climbing hotspots have something for everyone regardless of their skill level. These locations range from the north face of Sugarloaf Mountain, south face of Corcovado Mountain to Pedra da Gávea, and the Urca neighborhood. Climbers can select the difficulty level they're comfortable with, and there's always something exciting to try. Show more

What difficulty levels can one expect while rock climbing in Rio de Janeiro?

Rio de Janeiro's rock climbing routes are plenty, and they cater to every adventurer, whether a beginner or an expert. Climbers can choose from the various routes available, including those in Urca neighborhood, Sugarloaf Mountain, Corcovado Mountain, Pedra da Gávea and other areas. The routes differ in difficulty levels and range from beginner to expert. Show more

What is the level of experience recommended for anyone interested in rock climbing in Rio de Janeiro?

Rio de Janeiro has no shortage of routes to accommodate beginners or intermediate climbers who desire a comfortable climb. However, there are tougher routes that require skills only attainable through experience. Climbers opting for these more advanced routes are advised to seek guidance from an experienced instructor or guide. Whether a beginner or an experienced climber, there are instructors and schools readily available to cater to every climbing need. Show more

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