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The Pão de Açúcar: a postcard in granite

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Sugarloaf Mountain is a natural wonder accessible by a scenic cable-car ride with vertiginous views.

A major landmark on Rio postcards, Sugarloaf Mountain which got its name from the shape of the sugar blocks transported during the time of the sugarcane trade is 396 meters high.

This huge block of granite at the entrance to Guanabara Bay is accessed by cable car. Built in 1912 it was then only the third cable car in the world this vehicle connects the base of Morro da Babilônia favela to the top of Morro da Urca, over 200 meters high. The next leg is done in a second, newly renovated cable car, which offers panoramic views of Rio and brings you, 700 meters later, to the famous peak of Sugarloaf.

Climbers and the more adventurous will want to go from Morro da Babilônia to Sugarloaf by foot (which takes about eight hours).

Pão de Açúcar
Av. Pasteur, 520
Urca
Rio de Janeiro 22290-240

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