Climbing in Rio
Rio de Janeiro boasts some of the best urban rock climbing in the world. Inside the city limits you can find hundreds of different climbing routes of unlimited variety. Many of these routes are found on the world famous rock formations of Pão de Açucar, Corcovado, and Dois Irmãos, offering unforgettable climbing experiences with astonishing city backdrops.

 

By far the most important and traditional climbing sector in the city is located in the neighborhood of Urca where we find Pão de Açucar, Morro da Urca and Morro da Babilônia. This easy-to-reach area has many options and is perfect for both beginners and for the most "callused" of climbers. In Urca you have everything from sport to classic trad climbs all within a quick 30-minute approach. There are perfect beginners slabs for those just starting to venture out on to the rock, as well as world class multi-pitch routes, such as the ultra-classic "Italian Route" (280 meters) with incredible views of the city below.

Beyond Urca we also have many other incredible climbing sectors around the city. Probably the second most important climbing zone in Rio is in the National Forest of Tijuca. There you find Corcovado, Pico da Tijuca and Pedra da Gávea. Climbing in the Tijuca forest you can get a taste of being outside of the city since most of the climbs start at a higher altitude and are further away from Rio's traffic and urban congestion. The approaches tend to be longer, but are enjoyable and generally below the canopy of the Atlantic Rainforest.

 

Another area that is worth mentioning is the many domes and crags that are scattered around Rio's south zone. The "Two Brothers" formation has recently regained popularity and has seen an explosion of new routes as well as the long overdue maintenance of some of the cities most classic lines opened up in the 60's and 70's, but then latter abandoned due to their proximity to large favelas like Rocinha and Vidigal. Besides classic multi-pitch routes there are a few sport crags like Chacrinha and Plato da Lagoa that are popular among locals due to their easy access and are worth the visit if you are short on time.

 

Whatever climbing experience it is you are looking for, Rio de Janeiro has the answer (expect for maybe high altitude ice climbing). We have been climbing these walls for years and have gained a lot of experience helping people find the right climb for them. If you already have a goal in mind, like climbing to the summit of Sugarloaf or seeing the city from the side of Corcovado, let us know. If not, let us make some suggestion to help you better understand what this incredible city has to offer.

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