Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)
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- 98%Adventure Travelers
- 93%History Buffs
- 86%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 83%Family Travelers
- 67%Local Culture
- 67%Budget Travelers
- 59%Green Travelers
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- Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)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.
- Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)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).Recommended for:
- Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)Member ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 3Nov 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.Recommended for:
- Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)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....Recommended for:
- Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Oct 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.Recommended for:
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- Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)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!!Recommended for:
- Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)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....
- Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)Member ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4Aug 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.Recommended for:
- Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)Member ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBackpackersAug 20, 2012
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. ;)
- Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)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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Aliases: Pão de Açúcar, Pao de Acucar