Sightseeing

Sugarloaf Mountain – breathtaking views

One of the most popular and must see venues of Rio de Janeiro is the Sugarloaf Mountain, or Pão de Açúcar. Rising 396 meters straight from the water edge, the lonely mountain in the Urca area offers breathtaking panoramic views of the amazing city of Rio de Janeiro, the blue ocean and the marina in the Guanabara bay.

A glass cable cart, known locally as the bondinho, connects the Sugarloaf Mountain to Morro da Urca peaks on a route of 1400 meters. The cart starts its journey at the bottom of Babilonia hill, stops at the Urca peak (220 meters high) and continues to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, offering 360 degrees views of the area. During the first stop, you can enjoy the scenic views and take in some history, while watching the two first generations of cable carts used in the past.

Once on the Sugarloaf peak… well, the views are spectacular! There are not enough words to describe, so you’d better go check it out for yourself.

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Getting there

  • By Bus – If you are coming from Ipanema/ Copacabana, you will probably take the bus 511, which leaves you at the entrance of the venue. Just keep in mind that the going back bus is 512.
  • By taxi – ask the driver to take you to Sugarloaf mountain (Pao de Acucar) and you will be on your way.

Tickets

Tickets can be bought on site or online.

The prices differ as shown below:

  • children under 6 years old – FREE entrance;
  • Between 6 and 21 years old, the price is R$35,00
  • Adults  – R$71,00
  • Seniors, students and people with special needs  benefit from a discount. Make sure you bring your ID or proof that you are still a student.

Tips

  • Check the weather before going on the Sugarloaf mountain – for better views and great pictures;
  • Try to make it to the second peak before sunset – spend some time watching the sun going down and the city lighting up. It’s gorgeous!
  • Bring your ID and student card for special entry discounts.
  • There are some bars/ restaurants on both peaks, if you feel the need for refreshments. Also some souvernir shops, with typical Brazilian items, from different regions of the country, made of renewable materials.
  • The first peak, Morro da Urca, is accesible also by foot, on an easy hike.

Interesting facts

  • There are approximatively 60 climbing trails on Sugarloaf, making it the Brazilian mountain with most trails.
  • The first person to climb the peak was an English woman in 1817, Ms Henrietta Carstairs, who set the Brittish flag on top of the hill. The second day, a Portuguese soldier pulled out the Brittish flag and replaced it with the Portuguese one.
  • The building of the first line started in 1910 and the materials had to be taken to the top of  the two peaks by hundreds of men performing dangerous climbs, in a daring operation for those days.