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Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)

Avenida Pasteur, 520, Rio de Janeiro 22290 Brazil
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  • Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)
    Ricardo S
    5 May 29, 2014

    One of the must go to places in Rio. The earlier you go the better, it becomes very crowded sometimes. An alternative is to do it with one of the tour groups, they know the ropes.
    Very close to the entrance is a lovely small beach, the Red Beach. There is also a very beautiful walking trail at the end of the beach next to the small school. It winds along the side of the mountain and has great views of the sea. Lots of birds and marmosets.
    The price is expensive, but it is a must.

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    5 Mar 12, 2014

    Beautiful place Rio from the top , I'm recommended in the beautiful clear day or otherwise you cant see anything from the top.

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  • Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)
    Regis St. Louis
    5 Feb 18, 2014

    One thing every visitor to Rio should see is Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain), or more specifically, the view from atop this 395-meter-high peak. Staring out over the city, with a cocktail in hand (there's a well-sited drink stand on the summit), you'd have a hard time imagining a more stunning urban landscape anywhere in the world. The two-stage aerial cable car up to the top adds to the magic, though for those who'd like a more intense workout, you can also climb your way to the top (it's not as steep on the backside), with a reputable adventure outfit like Crux EcoAventura (www.cruxecoaventura.com.br/en-us).

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  • Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)Pro 2014
    Thais Guimaraes
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    5 Nov 16, 2013

    The sugar loaf is one of the most popular attractions in Rio. The two round shaped rocks interconnected by cable cars offer a beautiful view of the Guanabara bay. The lines to the cable cars are huge so make sure you arrive early and buy your tickets online beforehand. The first cable car will take you to Morro da Urca, where there is a food court and a theater playing a movie of the history of the cable cars. There you can take the second cable car that will take you to the taller rock, the sugar loaf. The sace at the top is very limited but you can squeeze in and see some amazing views. Make sure it's not cloudy when you go, otherwise you won't see a thing.

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  • Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)
    Liza Prado
    5 Nov 13, 2013

    A classic Rio de Janeiro site, the Sugar Loaf stands almost 1,300 feet above the Guanabara Bay, giving visitors a spectacular view of the city and the ocean beyond. Two pillbox-shaped cable cars take you to the top (you've got to switch cable cars at a lower peak). They run every 20 minutes from 8am to 8pm daily; ticket prices are around R$45 (adults) and R$22 (kids). The photos I took from the top are still some of my favorites from my first trip to Rio....

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    Frances Nguyen
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    3 Oct 21, 2013

    Sugar Loaf Mountain is 396 meters (1,299 feet) and is accessible by cable car. The cable car ride is steep and you quickly get an idea how massive and high the mountain is. It's great but make sure you go when it's not cold, wet, or rainy outside.

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  • Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)
    Rick F
    5 Oct 05, 2013

    Absolutely breath taking. A must do when visiting Rio. I also saw lots of cute monkeys on the mountain.

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  • Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)
    Andreas L
    5 May 28, 2013

    The view from Pao de Acucar is even better than from Corcovado, in my opinion. Plane spotters will love the take-offs from Santos Dumont airport, the planes heading straight for Pao de Acucar initially, before veering off to the North.

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    Laíza Negrão
    5 May 27, 2013

    I've been there in the morning and at night time. It doesn't matter because the view is fantastic.
    If you need to choose betwen Sugar Loaf and Christ Redeemer, choose Sugar Loaf.

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  • Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)
    Tamara
    5 Feb 25, 2013

    Amazing! Loved it!!! the views of Rio are just breath taking...this is a must see. Again, skip the tours and just take a taxi there, you can go online and read the history of it. The tours are a rip off. We just took a taxi, went up in the cable car, took a ton of pics then went to Ipanema beach afterwards, much cheaper than doing a tour!!

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  • Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)
    zzoukbuzz
    4 Feb 12, 2013

    Check out the view from the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain! Another "landmark" not too be missed in Rio. Just two words to describe Breathlessly Spectacular !

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  • Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)Pro 2014
    Eduardo Sasso
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    5 Sep 28, 2012

    One of the Rio most famous postcards. If you go there in a sunny day you can see all the bay. The view is just stunning.

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  • Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)
    Belinda Ma
    4 Sep 17, 2012

    The second best view in Rio, the tram ride alone is worth the trip. Keep an eye out for monkeys at the top of Sugarloaf and if you're a real baller, you can even helicopter it up to the summit. Bring your camera and leave your fear of heights at home. Don't worry, the trams almost never break down....

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  • Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)
    Fran Cowan
    4 Aug 24, 2012

    Beautiful views across Rio. It's not cheap, the food from the cafes half way up is terrible & it's swamped with tourists, but worth it for the view. Take a jumper-it's fresh at the top!

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  • Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)Pro 2014
    Steve DeAngelo
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    5 Aug 20, 2012

    Sugar Loaf Mountain is an integral part of Brazil's rich history, for it was here that Portugese explorer, Estacio de Sa, walked ashore on March 1st, 1565. Fastforward to 1912 where the first cablecar in Brazil began pulling visitors up to Sugar Loaf Mountain.

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  • Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)
    Gisele Muller
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    5 Aug 20, 2012

    Simply amazing!

    When I was on my way up to the Sugar Loaf Mountain and I read that the whole concept of the 'bondinho' (something like a glass paneled cable car) was created in 1912 I was totally amazed.

    I'm brazilian and that was my first time in Rio (6 years ago). I have to confess that everything about the Sugar Loaf Mountain is great and you enjoy every minute of it. On the way up you get super excited about the 'bondinho' itself and when you get to the top of the mountain the landscape simply get into you and you can stay there, just enjoying the view, for hours.

    And don't worry, the cable was built in 1912 and rebuilt around 1973 and 2008, so it's safe. ;)

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  • Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)
    Beponika Canika
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Enjoyed the 'Pao de Acucar'! Nice mountain car all the way up to sugar loaf and you can see really massive city and mountains! Good fun there!!!

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  • Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)
    Finn Rygaard
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    We took the cabelline to the Sugar Loaf. The day after, they closed the cabelline, as it was to dangerus to use it! But with the new cabelline, you have to go there,, and see them harvest the Sugar

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  • Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)
    Michael Nolan
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Spectacular views, especially at dusk/late afternoon. The cable car up is also great (although a walking path can be taken - apparently also a good time). Go to the second top (second cable car) for the best views, but know that roughly a million other tourists will also be there.

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  • Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)
    luizricardod
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    There's no place in the world like Rio. The human action is perfectly in harmony with the nature. Just an unforgettable place that will make you feel like in a dream..

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Sugar Loaf is one of Rio's iconic sights, offering a dramatic view of the mountains and bay below. Coconuts and juice are for sale, perfect on a hot summer's day, and to calm the nerves after the dizzying ride on the bodinho (funicular) that ports tourists and Brazilians to the peak.

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Aliases: Pão de Açúcar, Pao de Acucar