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Sugarloaf --- Pão de Açúcar

About

Another not to be missed icon of Rio de Janeiro is the Sugarloaf mountain. A peak at the mouth of the Guanabara bay and rising 396 meters (1,299 ft) above the harbour, it's known worldwide for it's spectacular panoramic views of the city and cablecar taking you to the top. The views from the top offer a unique scenic combination of a bustling city, a tranquil bay, and a sparkling ocean. The cablecars, first inaugrated 1912, take you to the summit in two seperate journies. First stop is the smaller Morro da Urca, 220 meters (722 ft) high. There you can walk around and take in the views, as well as see the two first generations of cable cars used at the there. Once you've finished there, a second journey will take you up to the bigger of the two peaks, Pão de Açúcar.

Getting there

Getting there is easy. A taxi or a bus will leave you at the entrance of the the cablecars where you buy tickets (if not pre-purchased). Just tell the taxi driver "Sugarloaf" and you'll be on your way. Coming by bus, most likely you'll be in Ipanema or Copacabana and can catch bus number 511 (going back with 512), coming from anywhere else - a quick google search of "getting to sugarloaf mountain by bus" will give you exact directions from your current location.

You can see the Sugarloaf mountain on the far right hand side of the map in UrcaTourist map of Sugarloaf

Tickets

ticket

Cost as of November 2015 is 71R

Discount

you get a 50% discount for youngsters between 6-21 years old and adults over 60. Under 6 go free. BE ADVISED - be sure to take ID to receive the discount, they can be very strict on this. (Check the website for more details and to buy tickets in advance www.bondinho.com.br)

TOP TIPS

Go for sunset

Time your trip to arrive at the bottom at least an hour before sunset. Watching the sun go down and then the cities lights come on is a sight to behold. The sunset is best viewed from the second stop, at the highest peak - Pão de Açúcar

Have no fear!

Those fearsome of taking the cablecar - don't worry, the cablecars are big, smooth and extremely steady - absolutely nothing to worry about!

Check the weather

Try to pick a clear day to go up - on a clear day you can see all the way to the neighbouring city, Niterói, across the water

Expect long queues in peak season

Christmas / New Year & Carnaval are the busiest times - expect long queues - especially on weekends.

Enjoy the nearby beach

Arrive a few hours before sunset and spend the day at the beach next to where you head up to the Sugarloaf - Praia Vermelha. Quite a small beach cove, with small waves and lots of paddle boarding on offer, all to the setting of the stunning peaks.

Hike it!

Feeling really adventurous? The first peak, morro da Urca is easily accessible by foot, check out our Trek guide for more info

Discount

you get a 50% discount for youngsters between 6-21 years old and adults over 60. Under 6 go free. BE ADVISED - be sure to take ID to receive the discount, they can be very strict on this. (Check the website for more details and to buy tickets in advance www.bondinho.com.br)

Interesting Facts

  • The Italian-made bubble-shaped cars offer passengers 360-degree views of the surrounding city
  • he climb takes three minutes from start to finish
  • Sugar Loaf Mountain is one of the largest and most popular urban rock climbing destinations in the world. There are 270 different routes to explore in the area
  • Guanabara Bay stretches in front of Sugar Loaf Mountain. Guanabara is made up of more than 130 islands and surrounded by beautiful natural scenery you can see from high above as you tour the mountain
  • The mountains are also accessible by foot
  • Hollywood Star - Sugar Loaf Mountain has made an appearance in Hollywood blockbusters. The beauty of the area makes it perfect for the big screen. Most famous was when it featured in a James Bond film, "Moonraker" in 1979 where one of the fight scenes with bad guy "Jaws" unfolded in a cable car - check it out below!

Opinion

When I first got to Rio, I didn't actually know too much about the Sugarloaf. I'd been amazed a few days before by the views from Cristo and arrived at the bottom of the Sugarloaf thinking that surely they couldn't be beaten. However, it turned out I was wrong - As soon as you start heading up to the first peak in the cablecar (known as a Bondinho) the views start to open up and are hugely impressive. The surrounding landscape is truly incredible and once you go up to the highest peak, can only be described as breahtaking. I personally think that the best views in Rio are found here - I highly recommend getting up there in time to watch the sunset, to see the sun set behind Christ the Redeemer adds to the astounding surrounding beauty. I've never seen another place like it.


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