"Sugar Loaf Mountain" Brazil Things to Do Tip by traveldave

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Sugar Loaf Mountain, or PŃo de Aš˙car in Portuguese, is a 1,299-foot (396-meter) granite monolith situated at the mouth of Guanabara Bay. It was named for its resemblance to cones of refined sugar that were produced on the Portuguese island of Madeira. The mountain is one of the iconic symbols of Rio de Janeiro, and is featured in most postcards of the city.

A cable car takes visitors to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain every 20 minutes. The first cable car was installed in 1912, and replacements were made in 1973 and 2008. The current cable car has a capacity of 65 passengers. The 4,593-foot (1,400-meter) cable line is in two sections. The first section runs from Cara de CŃo at the base of Babil˘nia Hill to the top of 722-foot (220-meter) Morro da Urca, about half way up to Sugar Loaf Mountain. There the cable car makes a stop (this picture was taken from here) where passengers can get off, and then proceeds to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain itself. Each overlook offers a unique perspective of the city and bays below.

Directions: The cable car to Sugar Loaf Mountain is located on the Praša General Tib˙rcio, at Praia Vermelha in the Urca district of Rio de Janeiro.

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  • Updated Aug 13, 2010
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