The east face is the least steep and there, Costão is the easiest route up sugar loaf.
Its first ascent was in 1817, by Enrieta Carstiers, from England.
Costão (“the back”) is a scrambling route (or a steep hike) over the sea, with great views of the city, the bay, and even the mountain range of Teresópolis, when it's not cloudy.
Half way up there is a short and easy climbing section. Harness, helmet and belay device are needed and can be provided. Climbing shoes are optional, but convenient.
Once on the summit, we take a free cable-car ride down to morro da Urca, and then hike down in about 15 minutes.
The whole activity normally takes 3 hours. It is normally an afternoon departure so we can walk and climb in the shade.